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Massey Name Meaning

English and Scottish (of Norman origin) and French: habitational name from any of various places in northern France which get their names from the Gallo-Roman personal name Maccius + the locative suffix -acum. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Marcy in La Manche. This surname is preserved in the English place name Stondon Massey. English: from a pet form of Matthew. Altered spelling of French Massé (see Masse 4).

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


Similar surnames: Masse, Maser, Manley, Vassey, Hussey, Mussey, Massee, Hassel, Cassel

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Where is the Massey family from?

You can see how Massey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Massey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Massey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 129 Massey families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded Massey's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Massey families in 1911.
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What did your Massey ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Massey. 39% of Massey men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Massey women worked as an Income. Some less common occupations for Americans named Massey were Student and Nurse.

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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
    39%
  • Labourer
    13%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Student
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Income
    21%
  • Housekeeper
    17%
  • Operator
    13%
  • Nurse
    9%
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Census Records

There are 278,000 census records available for the last name Massey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Massey 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 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Massey. 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 52,000 military records available for the last name Massey. For the veterans among your Massey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Massey lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Massey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Massey in 1940 was 57, and 74 in 2004.

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