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Senior Family History

Senior Name Meaning

English (mainly Yorkshire): nickname for a peasant who gave himself airs and graces, from Anglo-Norman French segneur ‘lord’ (Latin senior ‘elder’). English and Dutch: distinguishing nickname for the elder of two bearers of the same personal name (for example, a father and son or two brothers), from Latin senior ‘elder’.

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


Similar surnames: Prior, Venier, Menor, Ensor, Senter, Junior, Seanor, Sanor, Santor

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Where is the Senior family from?

You can see how Senior families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Senior family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Senior families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 6 Senior families living in Missouri. This was about 35% of all the recorded Senior's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Senior families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Senior surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Senior ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Senior. 20% of Senior men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Senior women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Senior 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
    20%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    15%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
  • New Worker
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

There are 181,000 census records available for the last name Senior. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Senior 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Senior. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Senior. For the veterans among your Senior ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Senior lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Senior life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Senior in 1940 was 67, and 82 in 2004.

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