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Dorothy Family History

Dorothy Name Meaning

English (Devon): from the female personal name Dorothy Latin and Greek Dorothea composed of Greek dōron ‘gift’ and theos ‘God’.

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


Similar surnames: Timothy, North, Worth, Dort, Moroney, Worthy, Forth, Dorsey, Dorminy

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Where is the Dorothy family from?

You can see how Dorothy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dorothy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dorothy families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 43 Dorothy families living in Ontario. This was about 37% of all the recorded Dorothy's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Dorothy families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dorothy surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dorothy ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Dorothy. 72% of Dorothy men worked as a Labourer and 100% of Dorothy women worked as a Teacher. .

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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

  • Labourer
    72%
  • Farmers Son
    29%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Teacher
    100%
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Dorothy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dorothy 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Dorothy. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Dorothy. For the veterans among your Dorothy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dorothy lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Dorothy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1963, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Dorothy in 1952 was 50, and 77 in 2004.

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