Scanlon Family History

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Scanlon Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Scannláin, ‘descendant of Scannlán’, a personal name formed from a diminutive of Scannal (see Scannell).

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

Similar surnames: Scallan, Shannon, Cannon, Hanlon, Shanley, Scanio, Conlon, Connon

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Scanlon Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Scanlon name?

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Scanlon Family Origin

Where is the Scanlon family from?

Scanlon Family Occupations

What did your Scanlon ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Scanlon occupation in Canada was Student. 20% of Scanlon's were Students. A less common occupation for the Scanlon family was Laborer. Student, Farmer and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Scanlon.

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  • Student

  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Laborer


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

Scanlon Historical Records

What Scanlon family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 87,000 census records available for the last name Scanlon. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Scanlon 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Scanlon. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Scanlon. For the veterans among your Scanlon ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Scanlon Life Expectancy

What is the average Scanlon lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Scanlon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Scanlon in 1944 was 44, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Scanlon

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Scanlon 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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