Irish Name Meaning

English and Scottish: ethnic name for someone of Irish origin. Compare Ireland.

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


Similar surnames: Drish, Rush, Brush, Krich, Fish, Urich, Nish, Neish, Brash, Urish

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Irish Family Origin

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Irish Family Occupations

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

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  • Farmer

    40%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Farming

    3%

In 1880, the most common Irish occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Irish's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Irish. A less common occupation for the Irish family was Farming.

Source: Census data for Irish | Data not to scale

Irish Historical Records

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Irish Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1943 and 2004, Irish life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Irish in 1943 was 38, and 80 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Irish

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