Mary Family History

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Mary Name Meaning

French: habitational name from places in Saône-et-Loire, Seine-et-Marne, and Nièvre, named in Latin as Mariacum ‘estate of Marius’.

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

Similar surnames: Mars, Marcy, Mare, May, Lary, Mark, Mory, Many, Mery, Maury

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Mary Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mary name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Mary. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Italy


  • France


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Mary Family Origin

Where is the Mary family from?

Mary Family Occupations

What did your Mary ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Mary family was Cultivateur. Farmer, Hunter and Cordonnier were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mary. The most common Mary occupation in Canada was Farmer. 11% of Mary's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Hunter

  • Cordonnier

  • Cultivateur


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

Mary Historical Records

What Mary family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 244,000 census records available for the last name Mary. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mary 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 41,000 immigration records available for the last name Mary. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Mary. For the veterans among your Mary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mary Life Expectancy

What is the average Mary lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Mary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Mary in 1953 was 58, and 64 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mary 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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