Trail Family History

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Trail Name Meaning

Scottish: probably a habitational or topographic name from northern Scotland; Black mentions a creek named Traill in Gaelic, running into Upper Loch Torridon.

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

Similar surnames: Train, Crail, Fail, Craig, Frain, Rain, Krall, Tracy, Troia, Bail

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Trail Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Trail name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Trail Family Origin

Where is the Trail family from?

Trail Family Occupations

What did your Trail ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Trail family was Laborer. The most common Trail occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Trail's were Farmers. Farmer, Farming and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Trail.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer


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

Trail Historical Records

What Trail family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Trail. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Trail 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 Trail. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Trail. For the veterans among your Trail ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Trail Life Expectancy

What is the average Trail lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Trail life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Trail in 1945 was 34, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Trail 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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