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Heath Surname Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived ‘(on the) heath’ (Middle English he(a)th Old English hǣth) or else a habitational name from any of numerous places called with this word. The same word also denoted heather the characteristic plant of heathland areas. This surname has also been established in Dublin Ireland since the late 16th century.

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


Similar surnames: Leath, Hatch, Hearn, Leach, Beach, Bath, Reach, Dearth, Heaphy

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Where is the Heath family from?

You can see how Heath families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heath family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Heath families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 397 Heath families living in Ontario. This was about 53% of all the recorded Heath's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Heath families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Heath surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Heath ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Heath. 35% of Heath men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Heath women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Heath were Clerk and Housewife. .

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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
    35%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    5%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    19%
  • Operator
    13%
  • Income
    11%
  • Housewife
    11%
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Census Records

There are 550,000 census records available for the last name Heath. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heath 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 40,000 immigration records available for the last name Heath. 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 73,000 military records available for the last name Heath. For the veterans among your Heath ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Heath lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Heath life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Heath in 1940 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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