Head Family History

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Head Name Meaning

English (chiefly Kent): from Middle English heved ‘head’, applied as a nickname for someone with some peculiarity or disproportion of the head, or a topographic name for someone who lived on a hill or at the head of a stream or valley. This surname has long been established in Ireland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Hoad, Heap, Read, Herd, Mead, Heald, Hoar, Heard, Wead, Haar

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Head Family Origin

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Head Family Occupations

What did your Head ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Head occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Head's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Head. A less common occupation for the Head family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Head ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Head Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 309,000 census records available for the last name Head. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Head census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Head. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 149,000 military records available for the last name Head. For the veterans among your Head ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Head Life Expectancy

What is the average Head lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Head life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Head in 1940 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Head ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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