Sampson Family History

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Sampson Name Meaning

English, Dutch, and Jewish: variant of Samson. The -p- was introduced in the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew name Shimshon. The English surname has also long been established in Ireland. In North America, this name has absorbed other European cognates, for example Greek Sampsonakis, Sampsonides.

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

Similar surnames: Samson, Simpson, Hampton, Rampton, Sympson, Hampson, Simson, Ramson

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Sampson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sampson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sampson. 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


  • France


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Sampson Family Origin

Where is the Sampson family from?

Sampson Family Occupations

What did your Sampson ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Sampson family was Servant. The most common Sampson occupation in Canada was Fisherman. 45% of Sampson's were Fishermans. Fisherman, Farmer and Seaman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sampson.

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  • Fisherman

  • Farmer

  • Seaman

  • Servant


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

Sampson Historical Records

What Sampson family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 300,000 census records available for the last name Sampson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sampson 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 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Sampson. 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 41,000 military records available for the last name Sampson. For the veterans among your Sampson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sampson Life Expectancy

What is the average Sampson lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Sampson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Sampson in 1943 was 42, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sampson 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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