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Purser Family History

Purser Name Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English purser(e) purcere porser(e) ‘purser purse-bearer treasurer’ but sometimes also meaning ‘maker of purses or bags’.

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


Similar surnames: Purse, Turner, Peyser, Puller, Porter, Burger, Busser, Buser, Peiser

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Where is the Purser family from?

You can see how Purser families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Purser family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Purser families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Purser families living in Alabama. This was about 25% of all the recorded Purser's in USA. Alabama and 1 other state had the highest population of Purser families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Purser surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Purser ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Purser. 32% of Purser men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Purser women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Purser were Truck Driver and Farmer. .

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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

  • Farmer
    32%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    11%
  • New Worker
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Farmer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Purser. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Purser 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Purser. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Purser. For the veterans among your Purser ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Purser lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Purser life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Purser in 1950 was 47, and 68 in 2004.

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