Ireland Family History

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Ireland Name Meaning

English and Scottish: ethnic name for someone from Ireland, Old English Iraland. The country gets its name from the genitive case of Old English Iras ‘Irishmen’ + land ‘land’. The stem Ir- is taken from the Celtic name for Ireland, Èriu, earlier Everiu. The surname is especially common in Liverpool, England, which has a large Irish population.

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

Similar surnames: Breland, Kirkland, Ryland, Eland, Moreland, Freeland, Harland, Irelan

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Ireland Family Origin

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Ireland Family Occupations

What did your Ireland ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ireland. The most common Ireland occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Ireland's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Ireland family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Ireland Historical Records

What Ireland family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 232,000 census records available for the last name Ireland. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ireland 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 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Ireland. 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 36,000 military records available for the last name Ireland. For the veterans among your Ireland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ireland Life Expectancy

What is the average Ireland lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ireland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ireland in 1940 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ireland

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ireland 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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