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Moorshead Name Meaning

from Moors Head in Dean Prior (Devon). The place-name derives from Old English mōr ‘moor’ (genitive mōres) + hēafod ‘head the top of something’. either topographic from Middle English more ‘moor marsh fen’ + side ‘side edge’ or toponymic from any of numerous minor places so called such as Moorside in Follifoot (WR Yorks) and Moreside in Papcastle (Cumb).

Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, 2016

Similar surnames: Moorehead, Moorhead, Morehead, Mothershead, Morstad, Woodhead

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You can see how Moorshead families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Moorshead family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Moorshead families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Moorshead family living in Louisiana. This was 100% of all the recorded Moorshead's in USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Moorshead families in 1840.
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What did your Moorshead ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Moorshead. 80% of Moorshead men worked as a Farmer. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Salesman
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Passenger Lists

There are 344 immigration records available for the last name Moorshead. 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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There are 340 military records available for the last name Moorshead. For the veterans among your Moorshead ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1967 and 2002, in the United States, Moorshead life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Moorshead in 1967 was 73, and 89 in 2002.

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