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Card Family History

Card Surname Meaning

English (Kent and Sussex): perhaps from Middle English carde ‘card’ an implement for teasing wool for spinning (from medieval Latin cardus) and therefore short for Carder or a metonymic occupational name for a maker of wool carders. Alternatively from Middle English carde ‘playing card’ (Old French carte) also ‘kind of fabric’ (medieval Latin carda) which could have been a nickname given to a card player or a metonymic occupational name for maker and seller of the fabric. Irish: shortened form of McCard . French: from a shortened form of the personal name Ricardon a pet form of Richard .

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

Similar surnames: Cart, Carda, Ward, Hard, Carp, Cardo, Cord, Bard, Chard, Yard

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Where is the Card family from?

You can see how Card families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Card family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Card families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 312 Card families living in Ontario. This was about 47% of all the recorded Card's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Card families in 1911.
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What did your Card ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Card. 48% of Card men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Card women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Card were Farmers Son and Seamstress. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Farmers Son

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
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There are 104,000 census records available for the last name Card. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Card 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Card. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 19,000 military records available for the last name Card. For the veterans among your Card ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Card lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Card life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1956. The average life expectancy for Card in 1943 was 45, and 75 in 2004.

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