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President Name Meaning

Origin unidentified. Evidently from the English word president or a cognate in another language, but the circumstances under which this became a surname are unknown.

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

Similar surnames: Privett, Bedient, Prosise, Bessent, Prescott, Breeden, Pressley

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Where is the President family from?

You can see how President families moved over time by selecting different census years. The President family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most President families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 19 President families living in Mississippi. This was about 24% of all the recorded President's in the USA. Mississippi had the highest population of President families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the President surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your President ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named President. 42% of President men worked as a Laborer and 24% of President women worked as a Farm Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named President were Janitor and Housekeeper.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Labor
  • Janitor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Farm Laborer
  • Maid
  • Laborer
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name President. Like a window into their day-to-day life, President 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 83 immigration records available for the last name President. 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 188 military records available for the last name President. For the veterans among your President ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average President lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, President life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for President in 1956 was 42, and 67 in 2004.

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