Nation Family History

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Nation Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): most probably a variant of Nathan, altered by folk etymology under the influence of the English vocabulary word nation.

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

Similar surnames: Nations, Caton, Latson, Hatton, Eatmon, Taton, Neaton, Norton, Catton

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Nation Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nation name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Nation Family Origin

Where is the Nation family from?

Nation Family Occupations

What did your Nation ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Nation family was Farming. The most common Nation occupation in the USA was Farmer. 57% of Nation's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nation.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Nation Historical Records

What Nation family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Nation. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nation 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Nation. 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 26,000 military records available for the last name Nation. For the veterans among your Nation ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nation Life Expectancy

What is the average Nation lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Nation life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Nation in 1945 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Nation

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nation 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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