Jacobs Family History

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Jacobs Name Meaning

Jewish and English: patronymic from the personal name Jacob. As a Jewish surname it has also assimilated various other patronymics from the same personal name, as for example Jacobowitz.

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

Similar surnames: Jacob, Jacobson, Jacobi, Jaros, Jason, Jack, Jabs, Janos, Jacobo

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Jacobs Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Jacobs name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Jacobs. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Jacobs Family Origin

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Jacobs Family Occupations

What did your Jacobs ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Jacobs Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 692,000 census records available for the last name Jacobs. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jacobs 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 91,000 immigration records available for the last name Jacobs. 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 113,000 military records available for the last name Jacobs. For the veterans among your Jacobs ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Jacobs Life Expectancy

What is the average Jacobs lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Jacobs life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Jacobs in 1940 was 34, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Jacobs 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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