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Preston Family History

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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Where is the Preston family from?

You can see how Preston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Preston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Preston families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 232 Preston families living in New York. This was about 26% of all the recorded Preston's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Preston families in 1840.
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What did your Preston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Preston. 16% of Preston men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Preston women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Preston were Truck Driver 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
    16%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 50,000 immigration records available for the last name Preston. 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 68,000 military records available for the last name Preston. For the veterans among your Preston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Preston lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Preston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Preston in 1941 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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