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Origins of the Lancaster surname

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About the Lancasters

We have a total number of 86909 records for people with the last name Lancaster.

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Where do most Lancasters live?

In 1921, most Lancasters lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Lancasters

How common is your surname?

591st most common surname in the UK

We have 77,000 records for the Lancaster surname. The oldest one dates back to 1196.

Who were Lancasters most likely to marry?




Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Lancasters.

What are the most common Lancaster first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Lancaster family members

Common jobs for Lancasters

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Lancasters in 1921
Cotton Weaver




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic




Common Male occupations for Lancasters in 1921
Agricultural Labourer




General Labourer


Coal Miner


Cotton Weaver


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