Somerville Family History

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Somerville Name Meaning

Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name, probably from Graveron Sémerville in Nord, named with the Germanic personal name Sigimar (see Siemer) + Old French ville ‘settlement’. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Somacháin (see Summers).

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

Similar surnames: Melville, Colville, Neville, Deville, Baskerville, Monville

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Somerville Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Somerville name?

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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Somerville Family Origin

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Somerville Family Occupations

What did your Somerville ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Somerville family was Laborer. Farmer, Farm Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Somerville. The most common Somerville occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Somerville's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer


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

Somerville Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 86,000 census records available for the last name Somerville. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Somerville 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Somerville. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Somerville. For the veterans among your Somerville ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Somerville Life Expectancy

What is the average Somerville lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Somerville life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Somerville in 1941 was 32, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Somerville 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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