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Erickson Family History

Erickson Name Meaning

Americanized form (and a rare Swedish variant) of Swedish Ericsson and Eriksson Norwegian Danish and North German Eriksen and Erichsen or of any other Scandinavian or North German patronymic from a personal name derived from Old Norse Eiríkr which is composed of ei ‘ever always’ (or a shortened form of ein ‘one only’) + rík ‘power’ (compare Eric ). Compare also Ericksen Ericson and Erikson . English (Lancashire): patronymic from the Middle English male personal name Eric (with the same etymology as 1 above) + son.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Ericksen, Derickson, Erekson, Rickson, Eriksson, Ericson, Dedrickson

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Where is the Erickson family from?

You can see how Erickson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Erickson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Erickson families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 277 Erickson families living in Alberta. This was about 27% of all the recorded Erickson's in Canada. Alberta had the highest population of Erickson families in 1911.
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What did your Erickson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Erickson. 56% of Erickson men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Erickson women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Erickson were Logger and Student. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Logger

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Domestic
  • Housekeeper
  • Student
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Passenger Lists

There are 70,000 immigration records available for the last name Erickson. 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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There are 64,000 military records available for the last name Erickson. For the veterans among your Erickson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Erickson lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Erickson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Erickson in 1942 was 41, and 78 in 2004.

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