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Old Occupation Names

A list of names for jobs or professions that are no longer common occupations. Often these job titles are incorporated into the root of people's surnames and form a useful guide to help trace ancestry.

Old Occupation Description
Aurifabergoldsmith
Bailiebailiff
Baxterbaker
Bluestockingfemale writer
Brazierone who works with brass
Brewsterbeer manufacturer
Brightsmithmetal worker
Carterwagon driver
Castorhat maker
Caulkerone who filled up cracks (in ships or windows or seems)
Chandlercandle maker
Chapmanmerchant.
Chiffonnierwig maker
Colliercoal miner
Colporteurpeddler of books
Cooperbarrel maker
Cordwainershoemaker
Costermongerpeddler of fruits and vegetables
Crockerpotter
Curriercurer of hides
Drapera dealer in dry goods
Droverone who drives cattle, sheep, etc to market
Dufferpeddler
Dykerstonemason
Faberartisan
Faulknerfalconer
Ferrierblacksmith
Fletcherarrow maker
Fowlerbird hunter
Fullercloth goods cleaner
Gaolerjailer
Grangerfarmer
Hackermaker of hoes or woodcutter
Harperminstrel
Haymongerdealer in hay
Haywardfence inspector
Hillierroof tiler
Hindfarm labourer
Hookerreaper
Hooperbarrel hoop maker
Hostlerhorse groom
Jaggerfish peddler
Keelerbargeman
Kempsterwool comber
Lavenderwasher woman
Ledererleather maker
Marshallhorse doctor
Mercercloth merchant
Pitmancoal miner
Porterdoor keeper
Ripperseller of fish
Ropermaker of rope or nets
Saddlerone who makes, repairs or sells saddles
Saunteresalt maker
Scrivenerprofessional writer
Shrievesheriff
Slaterroofer
Spittlemanhospital attendant
Tannerone who cures animal hides into leather
Tapleyone who puts the tap in an ale cask
Taskerreaper
Thatcherroofer
Tinkertraveling salesman
Traverscollector of bridge tolls
Tuckercloth goods cleaner
Turnera person who turns wood on a lathe
Wainwrightwagon maker
Websterweaver
Wharfingerowner of a wharf
Wheelwrightone who made or repaired wheels
Whitesmithtinsmith
Whitewingstreet sweeper
Whitstercloth bleacher
Wrightworkman, especially a construction worker
Yeomanfarmer who owns his own land
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