English (mainly Lancashire and Yorkshire): occupational name for a gatherer of tolls exacted for the right of passage across a bridge, ford, or other thoroughfare, from Middle English travis ‘crossing’, variant of travers (see Travers). German: Americanized variant of Drewes.

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You can see how Travis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Travis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Travis families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 162 Travis families living in New York. This was about 38% of all the recorded Travis's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Travis families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Travis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Travis. 18% of Travis men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Travis women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Travis were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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Census Records

There are 175,000 census records available for the last name Travis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Travis census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Travis. 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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Draft Cards

There are 33,000 military records available for the last name Travis. For the veterans among your Travis 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, Travis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Travis in 1941 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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