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Richardson Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Richard. This has undoubtedly also assimilated like-sounding cognates from other languages, such as Swedish Richardsson.

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

Similar surnames: Richards, Michaelson, Richard, Ricardo, Riccardo, Cardon, Richarson

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Where is the Richardson family from?

You can see how Richardson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Richardson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Richardson families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 514 Richardson families living in Massachusetts. This was about 15% of all the recorded Richardson's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Richardson families in 1840.
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What did your Richardson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Richardson. 17% of Richardson men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Richardson women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Richardson were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Richardson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Richardson 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 232,000 immigration records available for the last name Richardson. 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 277,000 military records available for the last name Richardson. For the veterans among your Richardson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Richardson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Richardson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Richardson in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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