Mcelwain Family History

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Mcelwain Name Meaning

Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Bheathain ‘son of the servant of (Saint) Beathan’, a personal name representing a diminutive of beatha ‘life’. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Bháin ‘son of the white-haired (i.e. ‘ash blond’) lad’. In Ulster this surname can be the Scottish name as in 1.

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

Similar surnames: Mclean, Mcswain, Mcewen, Melvin, Mccowan, Mcgowan, Mceachin, Mcquain

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Mcelwain Family Origin

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Mcelwain Family Occupations

What did your Mcelwain ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Going To School and Dress Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mcelwain. A less common occupation for the Mcelwain family was At School. The most common Mcelwain occupation in Canada was Farmer. 36% of Mcelwain's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Dress Maker

  • At School


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

Mcelwain Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Mcelwain. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mcelwain 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Mcelwain. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Mcelwain. For the veterans among your Mcelwain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mcelwain Life Expectancy

What is the average Mcelwain lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Mcelwain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Mcelwain in 1941 was 46, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Mcelwain

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mcelwain 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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