Ma Name Meaning

Chinese : from an honorific title borne by a prince of the state of Zhao during the Warring States period (403–221 bc). He was awarded the title Noble Ma Fu after repeatedly distinguishing himself as a general, and subsequently, his descendants adopted part of the honorific title, Ma, as their surname. Korean: there are two Chinese characters for the surname Ma, only one of which is frequent enough to be treated here. Two clans use this character: the Mokch’on clan and the Changhung clan. The founding ancestor of the Korean Mokch’on Ma clan migrated to Korea from China during the Han Commanderies period (1st century bc). The Ma clans played fairly important roles in the formation of the pre-Shilla Paekche kingdom. The records are not consistent, but it seems that originally the Ma surname was Yong and that either the Koryo king T’aejo (941–943) or the Shilla king Kyongsun (927–935) changed the name to Ma. Cambodian: unexplained. Hawaiian: unexplained. Tongan: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Na, Ba, Ha, Sa, Mao, Mo, Mu, Yi, Man, Lu

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Ma Family Origin

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Ma Family Occupations

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In 1921, Labourer and Laundry were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Ma. 18% of Ma men worked as a Labourer and 25% of Ma women worked as a Laundry. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ma were Stenographer and Saleslady

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
  • Laundryman
  • Cook
  • Stenographer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Laundry
  • Millman
  • Revenue
  • Saleslady

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Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Ma life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Ma in 1953 was 46, and 77 in 2004.

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