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Abe Name Meaning

Japanese: variously written, with Chinese characters used phonetically. Listed in the Shinsen shojiroku, the Abe claim descent from Ohiko, first son of the mythical Emperor Kogen. There are several places in Japan named Abe, which means ‘sun festival’ in the Ainu language. Some Ainu connections may be assumed, but the name could also be purely habitational. It is found mostly in northeastern Japan, the island of Kyushu, and the Ryukyu Islands.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Abu, Aue, Ake, Oba, Abel, Ash, Babe, Aye, Abt, Ard

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You can see how Abe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Abe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Abe families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 12 Abe families living in British Columbia. This was about 36% of all the recorded Abe's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Abe families in 1911.
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What did your Abe ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Fisherman was the top reported job for people in the CA named Abe. 60% of Abe men worked as a Fisherman.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Fisherman
  • Laborer
  • Merchant
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There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Abe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Abe census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Abe. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Abe. For the veterans among your Abe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Abe lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Abe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Abe in 1950 was 44, and 77 in 2004.

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