English: habitational name from any of the numerous places throughout England called Kingston or Kingstone. Almost all of them, regardless of the distinction in spelling, were originally named in Old English as cyningestun ‘the king’s settlement’, i.e. royal manor. However, Kingston upon Soar in Nottinghamshire is named as ‘royal stone’, while Kingstone in Somerset is ‘king’s stone’; both probably being named for some local monument.
You can see how Kingston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kingston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kingston families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 11 Kingston families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Kingston's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Kingston families in 1840.
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Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kingston surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.
In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kingston. 14% of Kingston men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Kingston women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kingston were Clerk and Housewife.
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There are 119,000 census records available for the last name Kingston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kingston census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.
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There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Kingston. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey – from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.
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There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Kingston. For the veterans among your Kingston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.
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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Kingston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Kingston in 1941 was 33, and 74 in 2004.
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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kingston 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.