Nightingale Family History

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Nightingale Name Meaning

English: nickname for someone with a good voice, from Middle English nighti(n)gale (Old English nihtegal, from niht ‘night’ + galan ‘sing’). Probably a translation of German and Jewish Nachtigall, or cognates in other languages.

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

Similar surnames: Nachtigall, Nightengale, Dingle, Single, Tingle, Ingle, Lighthall

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Nightingale Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nightingale name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Nightingale. 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


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Nightingale Family Origin

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Nightingale Family Occupations

What did your Nightingale ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


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Nightingale Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 116,000 census records available for the last name Nightingale. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nightingale 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Nightingale. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Nightingale. For the veterans among your Nightingale ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nightingale Life Expectancy

What is the average Nightingale lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Nightingale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Nightingale in 1948 was 46, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nightingale 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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