Sinclair Family History

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Sinclair Name Meaning

Scottish (of Norman origin): name of a powerful Scottish clan, originally a habitational name from Saint-Clair-sur-Elle in La Manche or Saint-Clair-l’Évêque in Calvados, so called from the dedication of their churches to St. Clarus (see Clare 3). Jewish: Americanized form of some like-sounding Ashkenazic Jewish surname.

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

Similar surnames: St. Clair, Silber, Mindlin, Sinai, Fincham, Sinisi, Clair, Boisclair

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Sinclair Family Origin

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Sinclair Family Occupations

What did your Sinclair ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Sinclair occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Sinclair's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sinclair. A less common occupation for the Sinclair family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Sinclair Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 416,000 census records available for the last name Sinclair. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sinclair 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 75,000 immigration records available for the last name Sinclair. 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 52,000 military records available for the last name Sinclair. For the veterans among your Sinclair ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sinclair Life Expectancy

What is the average Sinclair lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Sinclair life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Sinclair in 1944 was 32, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sinclair 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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