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Skerritt Family History

Skerritt Name Meaning

habitational name from Skirwith in Cumbria, formerly pronounced Skerritt, which was named with Old Norse skjallr ‘resounding’ (a river name or a waterfall) + vath ‘ford’. metonymic occupational name for someone who grew or sold caraway, from Middle English skirwhit(e) ‘caraway’, ‘water parsnip’ (apparently an alteration of Old French eschervis), a plant cultivated for its tubers, which were used in sauces and medicine.

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

Similar surnames: Merritt, Herriott, Serrato, Skerrett, Sperring, Sherrin, Sherriff

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Where is the Skerritt family from?

You can see how Skerritt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Skerritt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Skerritt families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Skerritt family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Skerritt's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Skerritt families in 1840.
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What did your Skerritt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Skerritt. 25% of Skerritt men worked as a Salesman and 38% of Skerritt women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Skerritt were Farmer and Secretary.

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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

  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
  • Housewife
  • Secretary
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What is the average Skerritt lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Skerritt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Skerritt in 1957 was 53, and 72 in 2004.

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