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Defee Family History

Defee Name Meaning

This name is recorded in London, England, in the 18th century, where it may be an Anglicized form of an unidentified French name. Alternatively, it may be a variant of Irish Duffy. See also Diffee.

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

Similar surnames: Defoe, Dewey, Debree, Fee, Deike, Dees, Delee, Deere, Deter, Dennee

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Where is the Defee family from?

You can see how Defee families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Defee family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Defee families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 2 Defee families living in British Columbia. This was about 67% of all the recorded Defee's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Defee families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Defee surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Defee ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Defee. 38% of Defee 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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Road

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Defee. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Defee 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 74 immigration records available for the last name Defee. 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 636 military records available for the last name Defee. For the veterans among your Defee ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Defee lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Defee life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1991, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Defee in 1955 was 47, and 40 in 2004.

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