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Thackeray Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): habitational name from Thackray in the parish of Great Timble, West Yorkshire, now submerged in Fewston reservoir. It was named with Old Norse þak ‘thatching’, ‘reeds’ + (v)rá ‘nook’, ‘corner’.

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

Similar surnames: Thacker, Harker, Hackney, Thackery, Blackerby, Hackman, Haverly

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Where is the Thackeray family from?

You can see how Thackeray families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Thackeray family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Thackeray families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1880 there were 10 Thackeray families living in New Jersey. This was about 21% of all the recorded Thackeray's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Thackeray families in 1880.
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What did your Thackeray ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Thackeray. 16% of Thackeray men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Thackeray women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Thackeray were Livestock Dealer and School 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
  • Clerk
  • Rancher
  • Livestock Dealer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
  • School Teacher
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Thackeray. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thackeray census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Thackeray. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Thackeray. For the veterans among your Thackeray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Thackeray lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Thackeray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2004, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Thackeray in 1959 was 43, and 28 in 2004.

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