Pickering Family History

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Pickering Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Pickering in North Yorkshire, named with an Old English tribal name, Piceringas. However, Ekwall suggests that this was earlier Picoringas ‘people on the ridge of the pointed hill’ (see Orr 3 and Pike 1).

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

Similar surnames: Picking, Picker, Hickling, Pickerill, Pilling, Spiering, Bicking

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Pickering Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pickering name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Pickering Family Origin

Where is the Pickering family from?

Pickering Family Occupations

What did your Pickering ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Pickering Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 259,000 census records available for the last name Pickering. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pickering 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 48,000 immigration records available for the last name Pickering. 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 27,000 military records available for the last name Pickering. For the veterans among your Pickering ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pickering Life Expectancy

What is the average Pickering lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Pickering life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Pickering in 1941 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pickering 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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