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Master Name Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English maister ‘master’ (Old French maistre). The word had a wide range of applications and the reference in surnames may be to a schoolmaster to the master of a farm or house to the master of an apprentice or to a ship's captain. In Scotland the eldest sons of barons and the uncles of lords were called Masters but this is not primarily a Scottish surname. German: dialect form of Meister and in North America (also) an altered form of this. Indian (Gujarat and Mumbai): Parsi occupational name for someone who was a master of his craft from the English word master.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Maser, Malter, Easter, Mester, Matter, Paster, Laster, Meester

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Where is the Master family from?

You can see how Master families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Master family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Master families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 76 Master families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Master's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Master families in 1911.
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What did your Master ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Master. 48% of Master men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Master women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Master were Laitier and Domestique. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Miner
  • Laitier

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Farmer
  • Student
  • Domestique
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Census Records

There are 44,000 census records available for the last name Master. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Master 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Master. 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 26,000 military records available for the last name Master. For the veterans among your Master ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Master lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Master life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Master in 1949 was 46, and 77 in 2004.

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