Preston Family History

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Preston Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the extremely numerous places (most notably one in Lancashire) so called from Old English preost ‘priest’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the meaning may have been either ‘village with a priest’ or ‘village held by the Church’. Scottish: habitational name from Presto(u)n, now Craigmillar, in Midlothian. This name has also been established in Ireland since the 13th century.

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


Similar surnames: Ireton, Leston, Ruston, Weston, Presson, Brenton, Brewton, Pelton

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Preston Family Origin

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Preston Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    36%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    3%

In 1880, the most common Preston occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Preston's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Preston. A less common occupation for the Preston family was Farm Laborer.

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Famous Preston Family

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Nikola Tesla1856 - 1943 (86)
Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)
Audrey Hepburn1929 - 1993 (63)
Albert Einstein1879 - 1955 (76)
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Audrey Hepburn1929 - 1993 (63)
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