Saunders Family History

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Saunders Name Meaning

English and Scottish: patronymic from the medieval personal name Saunder, reduced vernacular form of Alexander.

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

Similar surnames: Saunderson, Sander, Sanders, Anders, Lander, Alders, Xander, Mandery

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Saunders Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Saunders name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Saunders Family Origin

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Saunders Family Occupations

What did your Saunders ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Saunders. A less common occupation for the Saunders family was Farm Laborer. The most common Saunders occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Saunders's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Saunders ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Saunders Historical Records

What Saunders family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 957,000 census records available for the last name Saunders. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Saunders 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 97,000 immigration records available for the last name Saunders. 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 105,000 military records available for the last name Saunders. For the veterans among your Saunders ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Saunders Life Expectancy

What is the average Saunders lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Saunders life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Saunders in 1942 was 50, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Saunders ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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