Driver Family History

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Driver Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a driver of horses or oxen attached to a cart or plow, or of loose cattle, from a Middle English agent derivative of Old English drifan ‘to drive’.

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

Similar surnames: Drover, Diver, Rimer, Rivers, Graver, Dreher, Writer, Draves, River

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Driver Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Driver name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Driver. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Driver Family Origin

Where is the Driver family from?

Driver Family Occupations

What did your Driver ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Driver family was Farmers Son. Farmer, School and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Driver. The most common Driver occupation in Canada was Farmer. 36% of Driver's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Carpenter

  • Farmers Son


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

Driver Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 280,000 census records available for the last name Driver. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Driver 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Driver. 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 25,000 military records available for the last name Driver. For the veterans among your Driver ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Driver Life Expectancy

What is the average Driver lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Driver life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Driver in 1944 was 24, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Driver 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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