Danish Family History

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Danish Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Danisch, perhaps from a pet form of Daniel or the Slavic personal names Bogdan or Niedan. Americanized spelling of Czech and Slovak Daniš, a derivative of Daniel.

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

Similar surnames: Danis, Dobish, Daniel, Manis, Hanish, Yanish, Fabish, Kalish, Nish

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Danish Family Origin

Where is the Danish family from?

Danish Family Occupations

What did your Danish ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Carpenter, Collector Of Customs and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Danish. A less common occupation for the Danish family was Laborer. The most common Danish occupation in the USA was Carpenter. 25% of Danish's were Carpenters.

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  • Carpenter

  • Collector Of Customs

  • Farmer

  • Laborer


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

Danish Historical Records

What Danish family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Danish. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Danish 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 652 immigration records available for the last name Danish. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Danish. For the veterans among your Danish ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Danish Life Expectancy

What is the average Danish lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Danish life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Danish in 1954 was 35, and 84 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Danish

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Danish 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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