Cave Family History

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Cave Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin) and northern French: nickname for a bald man, from Anglo-Norman French cauf ‘bald’. Compare Chaffee. English: habitational name from a place in East Yorkshire called Cave, apparently from a river name derived from Old English caf ‘swift’. French: metonymic occupational name for someone employed in or in charge of the wine cellars of a great house, from Old French cave ‘cave’, ‘cellar’ (Latin cavea, a derivative of cavus ‘hollow’). French, possibly also English: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a cave, from the same word as in 3 in an older sense.

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

Similar surnames: Cane, Cava, Cape, Cade, Nave, Cage, Caye, Case, Ave, Clare

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Cave Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cave. 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


  • Benin/Togo


  • Norway


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Cave Family Origin

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Cave Family Occupations

What did your Cave ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Cave family was Book Keeper. Farmer, Carpenter and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cave. The most common Cave occupation in Canada was Farmer. 40% of Cave's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • School

  • Book Keeper


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

Cave Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 118,000 census records available for the last name Cave. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cave 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 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Cave. 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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Draft Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Cave. For the veterans among your Cave ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cave Life Expectancy

What is the average Cave lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cave life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cave in 1944 was 29, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cave 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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