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Danish Family History

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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Where is the Danish family from?

You can see how Danish families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Danish family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Danish families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 17 Danish families living in Quebec. This was about 59% of all the recorded Danish's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Danish families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Danish surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Danish ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Danish. 82% of Danish men worked as a Farmer.

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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
  • Labourer
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What Danish family records will you find?

Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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