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Sutherland Name Meaning

Scottish (Caithness): habitational name from the Scottish county of Sutherland named with Old Norse súthr ‘south southern’ + land ‘land’ because the territory lay south of Scandinavia and the Norse colonies in the Orkney and Shetland Islands.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Litherland, Sunderland, Helland, Erland, Hetland, Sweetland, Rutland

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Where is the Sutherland family from?

You can see how Sutherland families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sutherland family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sutherland families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1911 there were 1,624 Sutherland families living in Ontario. This was about 39% of all the recorded Sutherland's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Sutherland families in 1911.
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What did your Sutherland ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Sutherland. 37% of Sutherland men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Sutherland women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sutherland were Carpenter and Farmer. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Farmer
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Census Records

There are 417,000 census records available for the last name Sutherland. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sutherland 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 75,000 immigration records available for the last name Sutherland. 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 51,000 military records available for the last name Sutherland. For the veterans among your Sutherland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sutherland lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Sutherland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Sutherland in 1944 was 26, and 75 in 2004.

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