Rothschild Family History

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Rothschild Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from a house distinguished with a red sign (Middle High German rot ‘red’ + schilt ‘sign’, ‘shield’), the earliest recorded example dating from the 13th century. The famous banking family of this name took it from a house so marked in the Jewish quarter of Frankfurt-am-Main, but the name has also been adopted by many Ashkenazic Jews unrelated to the family. In Britain the surname is normally given the spelling pronunciation ‘Roths-child’; the original pronunciation is ‘Rote-shilt’.

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

Similar surnames: Schild, Rothstein, Rothacker, Gottschalk, Hauschild, Rothfeld, Schied

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Rothschild Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rothschild name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rothschild. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Rothschild Family Origin

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Rothschild Family Occupations

What did your Rothschild ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Rothschild family was Keeping House. The most common Rothschild occupation in the USA was Merchant. 7% of Rothschild's were Merchants. Merchant, Butcher and Clothing Store were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rothschild.

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  • Merchant

  • Butcher

  • Clothing Store

  • Keeping House


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Rothschild Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Rothschild. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rothschild census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Rothschild. 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 Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Rothschild. For the veterans among your Rothschild ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rothschild Life Expectancy

What is the average Rothschild lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Rothschild life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Rothschild in 1945 was 31, and 77 in 2004.

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