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Start Name Meaning

English: from Middle English stert ‘tail’ (Old English steort) used in its transferred sense ‘promontory tongue of land hill spur’. The surname may be topographic for someone who lived near such a feature or habitational from a place so named such as Stert in Cornwood (Devon) Stert in Diptford (Devon) Start in Slapton (Devon) Start Farm and Start Point in Stokenham (Devon) Stert (Wiltshire) Sturtwood Farm in Newdigate (Surrey) Sturt Lane in Frimley (Surrey) and Sturt Farm in Haslemere (Surrey).

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


Similar surnames: Starr, Smart, Tart, Stare, Stade, Star, Stark, Startz, Swart, Stewart

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Where is the Start family from?

You can see how Start families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Start family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Start families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Start families living in Maryland. This was about 25% of all the recorded Start's in USA. Maryland and 1 other state had the highest population of Start families in 1840.
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What did your Start ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Start. 20% of Start men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Start women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Start were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housework
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Start. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Start. For the veterans among your Start ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Start lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Start life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Start in 1941 was 50, and 77 in 2004.

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