North Family History

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North Name Meaning

English: topographic name, from Middle English north ‘north’, for someone who lived in the northern part of a village or to the north of a main settlement (compare Norrington 1), or a regional name for someone who had migrated from the north. Compare Norris 1. Irish: regional name for someone from Ulster, the northern area of Ireland, in part as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Ultaigh (see McNulty) or (in Westmeath) of Ultach. German: from a short form of a Germanic personal name composed with a cognate of Old High German nord ‘north’.

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

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

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North Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the North name?

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


  • European Jewish


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North Family Origin

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North Family Occupations

What did your North ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common North occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of North's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by North. A less common occupation for the North family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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North Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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North Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your North 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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