Kingston Family History

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Kingston Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places throughout England called Kingston or Kingstone. Almost all of them, regardless of the distinction in spelling, were originally named in Old English as cyningestun ‘the king’s settlement’, i.e. royal manor. However, Kingston upon Soar in Nottinghamshire is named as ‘royal stone’, while Kingstone in Somerset is ‘king’s stone’; both probably being named for some local monument.

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

Similar surnames: Hingston, Kington, Winston, Kinton, Langston, Kinson, Kingdon, Kilton

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Kingston Family Origin

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Kingston Family Occupations

What did your Kingston ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Kingston occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Kingston's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kingston. A less common occupation for the Kingston 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 Kingston ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Kingston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 119,000 census records available for the last name Kingston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kingston 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Kingston. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Kingston. For the veterans among your Kingston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kingston Life Expectancy

What is the average Kingston lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Kingston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Kingston in 1941 was 33, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kingston 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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