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Susan Family History

Susan Name Meaning

English (London) and Dutch: from the female personal name Susanna Susanne from Hebrew Shushannah ‘lily lily of the valley’. Jewish (Sephardic): from the male personal name Susan from Arabic and Persian susan ‘lily’ ultimately from Hebrew Shushannah (see 1 above). Americanized form of Croatian Šušanj or Sušanj: nickname from sušanj šušanj ‘dry leaves and brushwood used as igniter’. Slovak (Šušán): unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Susa, Human, Musa, Hasan, Susman, Shan, Duman, Rusak, Sosin, Supan

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Where is the Susan family from?

You can see how Susan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Susan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Susan families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 36 Susan families living in Ontario. This was about 26% of all the recorded Susan's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Susan families in 1911.
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What did your Susan ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Religieuse were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Susan. 50% of Susan men worked as a Farmer and 86% of Susan women worked as a Religieuse. Some less common occupations for Americans named Susan were Cook and Housekeeper. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Cook

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Religieuse
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Susan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Susan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Susan. 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 Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Susan. For the veterans among your Susan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Susan lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Susan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Susan in 1963 was 70, and 68 in 2004.

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