Cato Family History

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Cato Name Meaning

Variant of Scottish Catto. Spanish and Catalan (Cató): possibly from a personal name taken with reference to the Roman republican statesman Cato. Swedish: perhaps a soldier’s name, likewise bestowed with reference to Cato, the Roman statesman.

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

Similar surnames: Cayo, Catto, Calo, Mato, Caro, Catt, Capo, Canto, Caso, Cao

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Cato Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cato name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cato. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Cato Family Origin

Where is the Cato family from?

Cato Family Occupations

What did your Cato ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Cato occupation in Canada was Black Smith. 17% of Cato's were Black Smiths. A less common occupation for the Cato family was Farmer. Black Smith, Book Agent and Dress Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cato.

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  • Black Smith

  • Book Agent

  • Dress Maker

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Cato ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Cato Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Cato. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cato census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Cato. 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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Draft Card

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Cato. For the veterans among your Cato ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cato Life Expectancy

What is the average Cato lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cato life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Cato in 1944 was 27, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cato

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cato ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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