Orchard Family History

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Orchard Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by an orchard, or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower, from Middle English orchard. English: habitational name from any of the places called Orchard. Those in Devon and Somerset are named from Old English ortgeard, orceard (a compound of wort, wyrt ‘plant’ (later associated with Latin hortus ‘garden’) + geard ‘yard’, ‘enclosure’), while East and West Orchard near Shaftesbury in Dorset have a different origin, ‘(place) beside the wood’, from Celtic ar + ced. Scottish: English surname adopted as equivalent of Urquhart.

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

Similar surnames: Chard, Gothard, Chad, Birchard, Coard, Burchard, Pickard, Picard

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Orchard Family Origin

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Orchard Family Occupations

What did your Orchard ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Orchard. 42% of Orchard men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Orchard women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Orchard were Teacher and Income

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Machinist
  • Teacher

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Income

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Orchard Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 88,000 census records available for the last name Orchard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Orchard 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Orchard. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Orchard. For the veterans among your Orchard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Orchard Life Expectancy

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Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Orchard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1961. The average life expectancy for Orchard in 1954 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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