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Is Family History

Is Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Im, Lis, In, Mis, Ris, Vis, Isa, Eis, Sis, Ish

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Where is the Is family from?

You can see how Is families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Is family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Is families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 3 Is families living in Mississippi. This was 100% of all the recorded Is's in the USA. Mississippi had the highest population of Is families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Is surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Is ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farming was the top reported job for people in the US named Is. 50% of Is men worked as a Farming.

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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

  • Farming
    50%
  • Laborer
    50%
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Census Records

There are 96,000 census records available for the last name Is. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Is 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Is. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Is. For the veterans among your Is ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Is lifespan?

Average Is life expectancy in 1971 was 79 years. This was higher than the general public life expectancy which was 70.

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