Monroe Family History

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Monroe Name Meaning

Scottish: according to tradition, this is a rare example of a Gaelic surname of topographic origin, the first element of which is probably Gaelic mun, a mutated form of bun ‘foot’, or British minit ‘hill’. In Ireland this name has sometimes been used as an equivalent of O’Mellan (see Mellon) and Milroy 2.

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

Similar surnames: Moore, Munroe, More, Hone, Conroy, Mcenroe, Mondor, Munro, Morro

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Monroe Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Monroe name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Monroe. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Monroe Family Origin

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Monroe Family Occupations

What did your Monroe ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Monroe occupation in Canada was Farmer. 35% of Monroe's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Monroe family was Student. Farmer, Labourer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Monroe.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Student


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Monroe Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 233,000 census records available for the last name Monroe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Monroe 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Monroe. 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 68,000 military records available for the last name Monroe. For the veterans among your Monroe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Monroe Life Expectancy

What is the average Monroe lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Monroe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Monroe in 1942 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

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