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1901 Ontario Census Records

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According to the 1901 Ontario census records, there were approximately 96,009 different family names documented. The top 25 most popular names in 1901 Ontario 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, Brown, McDonald, Wilson, Thompson, Campbell, Johnston, Scott, Taylor, Clark, Robinson, Anderson, Martin, Miller, Moore, Stewart, White, Johnson, Young, Jones, Armstrong, Graham, Walker, Wright, and Bell. There are over 25,000 surnames from the 1901 Ontario census records that are unique to Ontario compared to all other provinces in Canada. These unique names from 1901 include Boughner, Zavitz, Weese, Drouillard, Gingrich, Brubacher, Wideman, Scratch, Brillinger, VanLuven, and Palmateer; among others.

Although almost equal in number, there were about 1 percent more males than females in Ontario in 1901: approximately 1,099,000 males compared to approximately 1,082,900 females. The 1901 Ontario census records reveal that 10 percent of all men had a given name of John, while about one-third of the male population had a given names from among this set of the top five most popular: John, William, James, George, and Thomas.

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

1901 Ontario 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 20,000. Other top positions for men according to census records include blacksmith, machinist, clerk, painter, butcher, tailor, baker, hotel keeper, and and shoemaker. The 1901 Ontario census records indicate "farming" was also a frequent occupation designation for women, with dressmaker/tailor and teacher and nurse also appearing in the list.

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