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1901 Prince Edward Island Census Records

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According to the 1901 Prince Edward Island census records, there were approximately 6,367 different family names documented. The top 5 most popular names in 1901 Prince Edward Island 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, Gallant, McLeod, Campbell, and Arsenault. There are over 1,500 surnames from the 1901 Prince Edward Island census records that are unique to Prince Edward Island compared to all other provinces in Canada. These unique names from 1901 include Praught, Younker, Costain, Clerkin, Callbeck, Arsnault, Baglole, Parkman, Arsenarlt, and Macgilvray; among others.

Although almost equal in number, there were about 1 percent more males than females in Prince Edward Island in 1901: approximately 52,600 males compared to approximately 51,600 females. The 1901 Prince Edward Island census records reveal that 11 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, James, William, Joseph, and George.

These census records also show that about 13 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, Catherine, Margaret, Elizabeth, Maggie, Jane, Margret, Katie, Flora, and Ellen.

1901 Prince Edward Island 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 fisherman, carpenter, student, laborer, servant, blacksmith, and teacher. The 1901 Prince Edward Island census records indicate "farming" was also a frequent occupation designation for women, with servant, domestic, student, teacher, dressmaker, and nurse also appearing in the list.

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