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1901 Nova Scotia Census Records

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According to the 1901 Nova Scotia census records, there were approximately 21,014 different family names documented. The top 11 most popular names in 1901 Nova Scotia 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 McDonald, Smith, McNeil, McLeod, Fraser, Donald, McKenzie, Campbell, McLean, Cameron, and Brown. There are over 7,500 surnames from the 1901 Nova Scotia census records that are unique to Nova Scotia compared to all other provinces in Canada. These unique names from 1901 include Muise, Amiro, Gillivray, Hirtle, Veinot, D'entremont, Hartling, Jodrey, Amero, and Pelrine; among others.

Although almost equal in number, there were about 1 percent more males than females in Nova Scotia in 1901: approximately 233,600 males compared to approximately 225,000 females. The 1901 Nova Scotia 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 Charles.

These census records also show that about 10 percent of all women had a given name of Mary. However, for females, approximately one-quarter of all given names come from a group of a dozen popular names: Mary, Annie, Sarah, Elizabeth, Margaret, Maggie, Catherine, Jane, Jessie, Bessie, Emma, and Alice.

1901 Nova Scotia 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 fisherman, carpenter, laborer, miner, student, clerk, mariner, and lumberman. The 1901 Nova Scotia census records indicate "farmer" was also a frequent occupation designation for women, with domestic, servant, student, teacher, and dressmaker also appearing in the list.

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