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Hempstead Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so called, most of which were originally named with Old English hamstede or h?mstede ‘homestead’. One Hempstead in Norfolk derives its name from Old English hænep ‘hemp’ + stede ‘place’, while Hempsted in Gloucestershire was originally ‘high homestead’ (Old English heah + hamstede).

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


Similar surnames: Halstead, Umstead, Newstead, Hemsley, Kempster, Dempster, Bumstead

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Where is the Hempstead family from?

You can see how Hempstead families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hempstead family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hempstead families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Hempstead families living in New York. This was about 30% of all the recorded Hempstead's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Hempstead families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hempstead surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hempstead ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hempstead. 32% of Hempstead men worked as a Laborer and 23% of Hempstead women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hempstead were Machinist and Laborer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    32%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Machinist
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    23%
  • Teacher
    19%
  • Waitress
    14%
  • Laborer
    10%
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Hempstead. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hempstead census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Hempstead. 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 Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Hempstead. For the veterans among your Hempstead ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hempstead lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Hempstead life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Hempstead in 1946 was 37, and 69 in 2004.

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