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Origins of the Unknown surname

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About the Unknowns

We have a total number of 3491 records for people with the last name Unknown.

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Where do most Unknowns live?

In 1921, most Unknowns lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Unknowns

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 429 records for the Unknown surname. The oldest one dates back to 1587.

Who were Unknowns most likely to marry?

Dolls

&

Trebers

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Unknowns.

What are the most common Unknown first names?

  • Male
  • Unknown
  • Female
  • Unknown

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

Common jobs for Unknowns

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

Common Female occupations for Unknowns in 1921
Casual Traveller

6

Domestic Servant

4

Charwoman

3

Nun

3

Servant

3

Common Male occupations for Unknowns in 1921
Casual Traveller

28

Tramp

10

...

8

Traveller

7

Un Known

6

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