Samson Family History

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Samson Name Meaning

Scottish, English, Welsh, French, German, Dutch, Hungarian (Sámson), and Jewish: from the Biblical name Samson (Hebrew Shimshon, a diminutive of shemesh ‘sun’). Among Christians it was sometimes chosen as a personal name or nickname with reference to the great strength of the Biblical hero (Judges 13–16). In Wales another association was with the 6th-century Welsh bishop Samson, who traveled to Brittany, where he died and was greatly venerated. His name, which is probably an altered form of an unknown Celtic original, was popularized in England by Breton followers of William the Conqueror, and to some extent independently from Wales.

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

Similar surnames: Sampson, Ramson, Salmon, Sarson, Sasson, Simson, Faison, Cason

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Samson Ethnicity Estimate

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • France


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Samson Family Origin

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Samson Family Occupations

What did your Samson ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Samson occupation in Canada was Cultivateur. 19% of Samson's were Cultivateurs. A less common occupation for the Samson family was School. Cultivateur, Farmer and Journalier were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Samson.

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  • Cultivateur

  • Farmer

  • Journalier

  • School


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

Samson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 111,000 census records available for the last name Samson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Samson 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Samson. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Samson. For the veterans among your Samson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Samson Life Expectancy

What is the average Samson lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Samson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Samson in 1943 was 43, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Samson 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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