Major Family History

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Major Name Meaning

English: from the Norman personal name Malg(i)er, Maug(i)er, composed of the Germanic elements madal ‘council’ + gar, geer ‘spear’. The surname is now also established in Ulster. Hungarian: from a shortened form of majorosgazda (see Majoros), or a derivative of German Meyer 1. Polish, Czech, and Slovak: from the military rank major (derived from Latin maior ‘greater’), a word related to English mayor and the German surname Meyer. Catalan and southern French (Occitan): from major ‘major’ (Latin maior ‘greater’), denoting a prominent or important person or the first-born son of a family. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): variant of Meyer 2.

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

Similar surnames: Mayor, Majer, Tabor, Maser, Mar, Mazor, Mason, Mato, Manor, Mauer

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Major Family Origin

Where is the Major family from?

Major Family Occupations

What did your Major ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Major family was Farmer Son. Farmer, Cultivateur and Journalier were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Major. The most common Major occupation in Canada was Farmer. 17% of Major's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Cultivateur

  • Journalier

  • Farmer Son


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

Major Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 182,000 census records available for the last name Major. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Major 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Major. 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 187,000 military records available for the last name Major. For the veterans among your Major ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Major Life Expectancy

What is the average Major lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Major life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Major in 1941 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Major 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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