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Nesbitt Name Meaning

Scottish (Borders) northern English and northern Irish: habitational name from Nesbit (part of Nesbit and Thorpe Bulmer in Durham) Nesbit in Doddington or Nesbitt in Stamfordham (both in Northumberland) or Nesbit in Edrom (Berwickshire). All of these placenames appear to derive from Old English nēs or nesu ‘nose’ in the sense ‘promontory’ or ‘projecting piece of land in the bend of a river’ + Old English byht ‘bend curve (in a river)’. This surname has been established in Ireland since the early 17th century.

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

Similar surnames: Nesbit, Merritt, Nett, Escott, Hewitt, Nesmith, Redditt, Newbill

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You can see how Nesbitt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nesbitt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nesbitt families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Nesbitt families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 24% of all the recorded Nesbitt's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Nesbitt families in 1840.
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What did your Nesbitt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Nesbitt. 17% of Nesbitt men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Nesbitt women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nesbitt were Truck Driver and Cook. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Cook
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What is the average Nesbitt lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Nesbitt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Nesbitt in 1944 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

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