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Master Name Meaning

English and Scottish: nickname for someone who behaved in a masterful manner, or an occupational name for someone who was master of his craft or a schoolmaster, from Middle English maister (Old French maistre, Latin magister). In early instances this surname was often borne by people who were franklins or other substantial freeholders, presumably because they had laborers under them to work their lands. In Scotland Master was the title given to administrators of medieval hospitals, as well as being born by the eldest sons of barons; thus, the surname may also have been acquired as a metonymic occupational name by someone in the service of such. See also McMaster. Either a dialect form or an Americanized form of German Meister. Indian (Gujarat and Bombay city): Parsi occupational name for someone who was a master of his craft, from the English word master.

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

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

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Master Family Origin

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Master Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA 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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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Miner
  • Laitier

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Farmer
  • Student
  • Domestique

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Master Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Master Life Expectancy

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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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