Heath Family History

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Heath Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived on a heath (Middle English hethe, Old English h?ð) or a habitational name from any of the numerous places, for example in Bedfordshire, Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and West Yorkshire, named with this word. The same word also denoted heather, the characteristic plant of heathland areas. This surname has also been established in Dublin since the late 16th century.

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

Similar surnames: Leath, Hatch, Hearn, Leach, Beach, Bath, Reach, Dearth, Heaphy

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Heath Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Heath name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Heath. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Heath Family Origin

Where is the Heath family from?

Heath Family Occupations

What did your Heath ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Heath occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Heath's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Heath family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Heath.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Heath Historical Records

What Heath family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 550,000 census records available for the last name Heath. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heath 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 40,000 immigration records available for the last name Heath. 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 73,000 military records available for the last name Heath. For the veterans among your Heath ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Heath Life Expectancy

What is the average Heath lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Heath life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Heath in 1940 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Heath 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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