Savage Family History

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Savage Name Meaning

English and Scottish: nickname for a wild or uncouth person, from Middle English, Old French salvage, sauvage ‘untamed’ (Late Latin salvaticus literally ‘man of the woods’, a derivative of Latin silva ‘wood’, influenced by Latin salvus ‘whole’, i.e. natural). Irish: generally of English origin (it was taken to County Down in the 12th century), this name has also sometimes been adopted as equivalent of Gaelic Ó Sabháin, the name of a small south Munster sept, which was earlier Anglicized as O’Savin (see Savin). Americanized form of Ashkenazic Jewish Savich.

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

Similar surnames: Sauvage, Salvage, Ramage, Sage, Salge, Ladage, Savant, Schrage, Slape

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Savage Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Savage name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Savage. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Savage Family Origin

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Savage Family Occupations

What did your Savage ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Savage family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Savage. The most common Savage occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Savage's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Savage Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 455,000 census records available for the last name Savage. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Savage 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 50,000 immigration records available for the last name Savage. 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 62,000 military records available for the last name Savage. For the veterans among your Savage ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Savage Life Expectancy

What is the average Savage lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Savage life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Savage in 1943 was 36, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Savage 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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