See Name Meaning

English and German: topographic name for someone who lived by the sea-shore or beside a lake, from Middle English see ‘sea’, ‘lake’ (Old English s?), Middle High German se. Alternatively, the English name may denote someone who lived by a watercourse, from an Old English seoh ‘watercourse’, ‘drain’.

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

Similar surnames: Lee, Bee, Seed, Seel, Gee, Senne, Sepe, Ree, Aue, Seck

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See Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the See name?

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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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See Family Origin

Where is the See family from?

See Family Occupations

What did your See ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by See. The most common See occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of See's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the See family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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See Historical Records

What See family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 62,000 census records available for the last name See. Like a window into their day-to-day life, See 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name See. 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 88,000 military records available for the last name See. For the veterans among your See ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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See Life Expectancy

What is the average See lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, See life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for See in 1940 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your See 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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