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Trail Family History

Trail Name Meaning

Scottish: probably a habitational or topographic name from northern Scotland; Black mentions a creek named Traill in Gaelic, running into Upper Loch Torridon.

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


Similar surnames: Train, Crail, Fail, Craig, Frain, Rain, Krall, Tracy, Troia, Bail

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Where is the Trail family from?

You can see how Trail families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Trail family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Trail families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 28 Trail families living in New Brunswick. This was about 38% of all the recorded Trail's in Canada. New Brunswick had the highest population of Trail families in 1911.
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What did your Trail ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Saleswoman were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Trail. 72% of Trail men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Trail women worked as a Saleswoman. Some less common occupations for Americans named Trail were Clerk and Student.

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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
    72%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Saleswoman
    34%
  • Stenographer
    34%
  • Student
    34%
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Trail. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Trail 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 Trail. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Trail. For the veterans among your Trail ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Trail lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Trail life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Trail in 1945 was 34, and 72 in 2004.

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