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Erie Surname Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from the farm name Eri in Sogn possibly from a compound of Old Norse ǫlr ‘alder’ + vin ‘meadow’.

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

Similar surnames: Fries, Peri, Serie, Xie, Brue, Erle, Eric, Rio, Elia, Eroh

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Where is the Erie family from?

You can see how Erie families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Erie family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Erie families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 7 Erie families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 58% of all the recorded Erie's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Erie families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Erie surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Erie ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Erie. 22% of Erie men worked as a Laborer and 23% of Erie women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Erie were Salesman and Stenographer. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Machinist
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Erie. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Erie 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 539 immigration records available for the last name Erie. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Erie. For the veterans among your Erie ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Erie lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Erie life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Erie in 1947 was 39, and 79 in 2004.

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