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Fraser Name Meaning

Scottish: apparently a nickname from Anglo-Norman French fraser(e) fresere ‘strawberry plant’. Fresel and Frisel from Anglo-Norman French fresel ‘strawberry’ are early variants of the Fraser surname the modern Gaelicized form of which is Friseal. See Frizzell . The crest on the Scottish family's coat of arms takes the form of a strawberry plant but its antiquity is unknown. Claims of a habitational derivation in particular from a place called la Frézelière in Anjou (France) are attractive but they lack verifiable evidence. Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.

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


Similar surnames: Frager, Frasher, Graber, Kraner, Frater, Frasier, Graser, Fraker

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Where is the Fraser family from?

You can see how Fraser families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fraser family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fraser families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1911 there were 2,273 Fraser families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 36% of all the recorded Fraser's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Fraser families in 1911.
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What did your Fraser ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Fraser. 30% of Fraser men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Fraser women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fraser were Carpenter and Income. .

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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

  • Farmer
    30%
  • Labourer
    7%
  • Laborer
    5%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Student
    8%
  • Income
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 145,000 immigration records available for the last name Fraser. 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 Cards

There are 71,000 military records available for the last name Fraser. For the veterans among your Fraser ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fraser lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Fraser life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Fraser in 1944 was 22, and 76 in 2004.

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