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Symington Family History

Symington Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Symington (Lanarkshire) or Symington (Ayrshire). The placenames derive from the personal name Simon + northern Middle English toun ‘town village settlement’. Both places were held in the late 12th century by a certain Simon Loccard or Lockhart from whom they presumably derive their name.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Covington, Simington, Allington, Armington, Bevington, Elkington

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Where is the Symington family from?

You can see how Symington families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Symington family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Symington families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1840 there was 1 Symington family living in Maryland. This was about 50% of all the recorded Symington's in USA. Maryland and 1 other state had the highest population of Symington families in 1840.
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What did your Symington ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Symington. 20% of Symington men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Symington women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Symington were Machinist and Housewife. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Clerical
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Symington. 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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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Symington. For the veterans among your Symington ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Symington lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Symington life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Symington in 1957 was 54, and 72 in 2004.

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