Dryden Family History

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Dryden Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a lost or unidentified place, probably in Cumbria or Northumberland, where the name is still common, and perhaps named from Old English dr¯ge ‘dry’ + denu ‘valley’.

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

Similar surnames: Bryden, Ryden, Hayden, Gayden, Hyden, Dowden, Arden, Dryer, Roden

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Dryden Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dryden name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dryden. 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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Dryden Family Origin

Where is the Dryden family from?

Dryden Family Occupations

What did your Dryden ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Dryden family was Laborer. The most common Dryden occupation in Canada was Farmer. 26% of Dryden's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dryden.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • School

  • Laborer


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

Dryden Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 62,000 census records available for the last name Dryden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dryden 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Dryden. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Dryden. For the veterans among your Dryden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dryden Life Expectancy

What is the average Dryden lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Dryden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Dryden in 1949 was 51, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dryden 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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