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Anson Name Meaning

English (found mainly in Yorkshire): patronymic from one of several Middle English personal names. Reaney and Wilson have it as ‘son of Hann’ or ‘son of Hand’. Bardsley explains it as ‘son of Anne’, but Anne was not common as a Middle English personal name, although this is very probably the sense of the Scottish surname Anisoun. More plausible in a medieval context, perhaps, is ‘son of Agnes’ (see Annis), or even ‘son of Anselm’.

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

Similar surnames: Manson, Ranson, Hanson, Son, Ganson, Janson, Ipson, Alsop, Malson

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Anson Family Origin

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Anson Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Anson occupation in Canada was Farmer. 44% of Anson's were Farmers. Farmer, Constable and Cotton Operation were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Anson. A less common occupation for the Anson family was Factory Hand.

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  • Constable

  • Cotton Operation

  • Factory Hand


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Anson Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Anson. For the veterans among your Anson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Anson Life Expectancy

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Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Anson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Anson in 1945 was 68, and 78 in 2004.

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