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High Family History

High Name Meaning

English:: nickname for a tall man from Middle English heigh hey high ‘high tall’ (Old English hēah). Compare Hay topographic name for someone who lived ‘(on the) height or hill’ from Middle English heigh ‘height hilltop’ (Old English hēah). Compare Hight .

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

Similar surnames: Haigh, Hugh, Hight, Higham, Hogg, Hind, Bligh, Hild, Fish, Wigg

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Where is the High family from?

You can see how High families moved over time by selecting different census years. The High family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most High families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 45 High families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 23% of all the recorded High's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of High families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the High surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your High ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named High. 20% of High men worked as a Farmer and 10% of High women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named High were Carpenter and Maid. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 106,000 census records available for the last name High. Like a window into their day-to-day life, High 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name High. 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 67,000 military records available for the last name High. For the veterans among your High ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average High lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, High life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for High in 1943 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

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