Thistle Family History

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Thistle Name Meaning

English: apparently a topographic name for someone who lived where there was an abundance of thistles, from Middle English thistle. Probably an Americanized form of German Distel.

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


Similar surnames: Tritle, Whistler, Tickle, Tintle, Tingle, Shartle, Hittle, Bustle

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Thistle Family Origin

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Thistle Family Occupations

What did your Thistle ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Thistle family was Merchant. Farmer, Carpenter and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Thistle. The most common Thistle occupation in the USA was Farmer. 16% of Thistle's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    16%
  • Carpenter

    13%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Merchant

    6%

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

Thistle Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Thistle. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thistle 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Thistle. 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 Thistle. For the veterans among your Thistle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Thistle Life Expectancy

What is the average Thistle lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Thistle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Thistle in 1943 was 36, and 83 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Thistle

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Thistle 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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