Susan Family History

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Susan Name Meaning

English and Dutch: from the female personal name Susanna, Susanne (Middle English), Susanna (Dutch), from Hebrew Shushannah ‘lily’, ‘lily of the valley’. Southern French: from Occitan susan ‘above’, ‘higher’, hence a topographic name for someone living at the top end of a village or on the side of a valley. Jewish (Sephardic): from the male personal name Susan, a derivative of Arabic susan ‘lily’.

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

Similar surnames: Susa, Human, Musa, Hasan, Susman, Shan, Duman, Rusak, Sosin, Supan

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Susan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Susan name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Susan. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


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Susan Family Origin

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Susan Family Occupations

What did your Susan ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Susan family was Barber. Farmer, Laborer and Agent For Machinery were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Susan. The most common Susan occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Susan's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Agent For Machinery

  • Barber


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Susan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Susan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Susan 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Susan. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Susan. For the veterans among your Susan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Susan Life Expectancy

What is the average Susan lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Susan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Susan in 1963 was 70, and 68 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Susan 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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