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Origins of the McCarthy surname

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About the McCarthys

We have a total number of 212703 records for people with the last name McCarthy.

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Alternative variations of the name McCarthy

McCarthy, McCarty, Macarthy, MacCarthy, MacCarty

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Where do most McCarthys live?

In 1921, most McCarthys lived in London.

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Interesting facts about McCarthys

How common is your surname?

422nd most common surname in the UK

We have 79,200 records for the McCarthy surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were McCarthys most likely to marry?

Mc Carthys



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What are the most common McCarthy first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for McCarthys

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

Common Female occupations for McCarthys in 1921










Common Male occupations for McCarthys in 1921
General Labourer


Dock Labourer






Able Seaman


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