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Edgar Family History

Edgar Name Meaning

Scottish and English: from the Old English personal name Eadgar, composed of the elements ead ‘prosperity’, ‘fortune’ + gar ‘spear’. The name is found in Middle English in various forms, e.g. Edgar, Adger, Agar.

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


Similar surnames: Edward, Lugar, Ledger, Edman, Dear, Egger, Zegar, Segar, Eger, Eagar

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Where is the Edgar family from?

You can see how Edgar families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Edgar family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Edgar families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 557 Edgar families living in Ontario. This was about 60% of all the recorded Edgar's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Edgar families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Edgar surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Edgar ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Edgar. 33% of Edgar men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Edgar women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Edgar were Carpenter and Operator. .

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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

  • Farmer
    33%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Carpenter
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Teacher
    20%
  • Income
    12%
  • Operator
    12%
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Census Records

There are 152,000 census records available for the last name Edgar. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Edgar 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 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Edgar. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Edgar. For the veterans among your Edgar ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Edgar lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Edgar life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Edgar in 1941 was 50, and 74 in 2004.

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