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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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Where is the Prescott family from?

You can see how Prescott families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Prescott family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Prescott families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 161 Prescott families living in New Hampshire. This was about 34% of all the recorded Prescott's in the USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Prescott families in 1840.
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What did your Prescott ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Prescott. 15% of Prescott men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Prescott women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Prescott were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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