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Dorchester Name Meaning

English: habitational name either from Dorchester in Oxfordshire or Dorchester, county seat of Dorset. Both are named with a Celtic name, respectively Dorcic and Durnovaria, + Old English ceaster ‘Roman fort or walled city’.

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


Similar surnames: Worcester, Rochester, Chester, Doncaster, Winchester, Chichester

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Dorchester Family Origin

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Dorchester Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    42%
  • Clergyman

    8%
  • Carpenter

    4%
  • Day Laborer

    4%

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Dorchester family was Day Laborer. The most common Dorchester occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Dorchester's were Farmers. Farmer, Clergyman and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dorchester.

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Dorchester Historical Records

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Dorchester Life Expectancy

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