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Joe Family History

Joe Name Meaning

Chinese and Korean: variant of Cho. English: from a short form of Joseph.

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


Similar surnames: Jue, Roe, Jo, Jose, Yoe, Jou, Joo, Jee, Joh, Jobe

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Where is the Joe family from?

You can see how Joe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Joe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Joe families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 304 Joe families living in British Columbia. This was about 62% of all the recorded Joe's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Joe families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Joe surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Joe ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer and Cannery Hand were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Joe. 46% of Joe men worked as a Labourer and 50% of Joe women worked as a Cannery Hand. Some less common occupations for Americans named Joe were Cook and Cook.

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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

  • Labourer
    46%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Cook
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Cannery Hand
    50%
  • Labourer
    30%
  • Cook
    20%
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Census Records

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Joe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Joe 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Joe. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Joe. For the veterans among your Joe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Joe lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Joe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Joe in 1944 was 33, and 66 in 2004.

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