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North Surname Meaning

English: topographic name from Middle English north ‘north’ denoting someone who had migrated from the north especially someone from northern England living in the south of the country. It may also have been used to denote someone living in the northern part of a settlement or region. Irish: in Ireland adopted for Mac an Ultaigh ‘son of the Ulsterman’ Ulster being the northern part of Ireland. German: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name composed with a cognate of Old High German nord ‘north’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Nortz, Nord, Forth, Noth, Worth, Noeth, Borth, Orth, Garth, Booth

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Where is the North family from?

You can see how North families moved over time by selecting different census years. The North family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most North families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 115 North families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded North's in USA. New York had the highest population of North families in 1840.
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What did your North ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named North. 14% of North men worked as a Farmer and 10% of North women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named North were Carpenter and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 382,000 census records available for the last name North. Like a window into their day-to-day life, North census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 30,000 immigration records available for the last name North. 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 Cards

There are 124,000 military records available for the last name North. For the veterans among your North ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average North lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, North life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for North in 1944 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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