Prescott Family History

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Prescott Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places so called, in southwestern Lancashire (now Merseyside), Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, and Devon, all of which are named from Old English preost ‘priest’ + cot ‘cottage’, ‘dwelling’. The surname is most common in Lancashire, and so it seems likely that the first of these places is the most frequent source. It is also present in Ireland, being recorded there first in the 15th century.

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

Similar surnames: Arscott, Preston, Escott, Westcott, Linscott, Muscott, Tapscott

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Prescott Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Prescott name?

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


  • Norway


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Prescott Family Origin

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Prescott Family Occupations

What did your Prescott ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Prescott occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Prescott's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Prescott. A less common occupation for the Prescott 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 Prescott ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Prescott Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 138,000 census records available for the last name Prescott. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Prescott 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Prescott. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Prescott. For the veterans among your Prescott ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Prescott Life Expectancy

What is the average Prescott lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Prescott life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Prescott in 1942 was 35, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Prescott 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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