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Origins of the Nightingale surname

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About the Nightingales

We have a total number of 58242 records for people with the last name Nightingale.

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Where do most Nightingales live?

In 1921, most Nightingales lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Nightingales

How common is your surname?

856th most common surname in the UK

We have 52,600 records for the Nightingale surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Nightingales most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Nightingale first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Florence
  • Mary

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Common jobs for Nightingales

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

Common Female occupations for Nightingales in 1921
Cotton Weaver






Domestic Servant


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Nightingales in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Cotton Weaver


Coal Miner




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