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J Family History

J Surname Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.

Similar surnames: Ji, Jo, Ju, U, O, Lu, Yu, Ku, Li, Wu

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Where is the J family from?

You can see how J families moved over time by selecting different census years. The J family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most J families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 4 J families living in Ontario. This was about 36% of all the recorded J's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of J families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the J surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your J ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named J. 50% of J men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
  • Laborer
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Census Records

There are 147,000 census records available for the last name J. Like a window into their day-to-day life, J 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 116,000 immigration records available for the last name J. 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 96,000 military records available for the last name J. For the veterans among your J ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average J lifespan?

Average J life expectancy in 2002 was 63 years. This was lower than the general public life expectancy which was 74.

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