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House Name Meaning

English (southwestern): from Middle English hous ‘house’ (Old English hus). In the Middle Ages the majority of the population lived in cottages or huts rather than houses, and in most cases this name probably indicates someone who had some connection with the largest and most important building in a settlement, either a religious house or simply the local manor house. In some cases it may be a status name for a householder, someone who owned his own dwelling as opposed to being a tenant, but more often it is an occupational name for a servant who worked in such a house, in particular a steward who managed one. English: respelling of Howes. Translation of German Haus.

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


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 the 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 the USA. New York had the highest population of House families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the House surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

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 US 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
    20%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
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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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