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House Name Meaning

English: topographic or occupational name for someone employed ‘at the house’ from Middle English hous(e) (Old English hūs) probably a religious house such as a convent. In the Middle Ages the majority of the population lived in cottages or huts rather than houses. English: variant of Howes . English: perhaps a topographic name from an unrecorded Middle English huse a southwest dialect form of Old English hyse ‘place overgrown with (water) plants’ a derivative of Old English hos ‘(water) plant’. In modern English the name might have been absorbed into Huss or Hose . Americanized form (translation into English) of German Haus .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Huse, Hose, Housel, Halse, Hulse, Houze, Rouse, Hase, Fosse, Hope

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Where is the House family from?

You can see how House families moved over time by selecting different census years. The House family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most House families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 192 House families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded House's in USA. New York had the highest population of House families in 1840.
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What did your House ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named House. 20% of House men worked as a Farmer and 9% of House women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named House were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 319,000 census records available for the last name House. Like a window into their day-to-day life, House 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 20,000 immigration records available for the last name House. 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 95,000 military records available for the last name House. For the veterans among your House ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average House lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, House life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for House in 1940 was 64, and 74 in 2004.

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