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1901 Manitoba Census Records

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According to the 1901 Manitoba census records, there were approximately 25,792 different family names documented. The top 28 most popular names in 1901 Manitoba represented about 10 percent of the total recorded. That is, 1 of every 10 individuals had a last name from among the group of popular family names comprised of Smith, Johnson, Brown, McDonald, Campbell, Anderson, Wilson, Stewart, Johnston, Scott, Thompson, Taylor, Friesen, Graham, Clark, McLean, Young, McKay, Wiebe, Ross, Bell, Hamilton, Robinson, Miller, Jackson, Peters, McLeod, and Walker. There are over 10,000 surnames from the 1901 Manitoba census records that are unique to Manitoba compared to all other provinces in Canada. These unique names from 1901 include Thiesen, Doerksen, Froese, Wieb, Frisen, Grouette, Klasen, Chaboyer, Remple, Thordarson, and Oddson; among others.

There were about 9 percent more males than females in Manitoba in 1901: approximately 137,900 males compared to approximately 115,600 females. The 1901 Manitoba census records reveal that 8 percent of all men had a given name of John, while about one-quarter of the male population had a given names from among this set of the top five most popular: John, William, James, George, and Robert.

These census records also show that about 6 percent of all women had a given name of Mary. However, for females, approximately one-fifth of all given names come from a group of a dozen popular names: Mary, Annie, Elizabeth, Sarah, Anna, Margaret, Maria, Marie, Jane, Maggie, Alice, and Emma.

1901 Manitoba census records also highlight popular occupations for the citizens at the time. "Farmer" was the most recorded occupation for men with a count of about 40,000. Other top positions for men according to census records include laborer, carpenter, student, clerk, teamster, blacksmith, butcher, and servant. The 1901 Manitoba census records indicate "farmer" was also a frequent occupation designation for women, with servant, domestic, teacher, student, dressmaker, and nurse also appearing in the list.

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