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Paris Name Meaning

French, English, and German: from the medieval personal name Paris, which is actually an Old French variant of Patrice (see Patrick), but which became associated with the name of the Trojan prince Paris in Homer’s Iliad. French, English, and German: habitational name from the French city of Paris or a nickname denoting someone who had Parisian connections, for example through trade. Catalan (París): from a reduced form of the personal name Aparici, which was given to children born on the Feast of the Epiphany, 6th January (see Aparicio). Hungarian (Páris): from the personal name Páris or Párizs.

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

Similar surnames: Baris, Mars, Maris, Caris, Parrish, Parise, Laris, Karis, Aris, Pardo

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Where is the Paris family from?

You can see how Paris families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Paris family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Paris families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 415 Paris families living in Quebec. This was about 71% of all the recorded Paris's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Paris families in 1911.
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What did your Paris ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cultivateur and Institutrice were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Paris. 20% of Paris men worked as a Cultivateur and 12% of Paris women worked as an Institutrice. Some less common occupations for Americans named Paris were Farmer and Clerk.

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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

  • Cultivateur
  • Journalier
  • Laborer
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Institutrice
  • Cultivateur
  • Religious
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 89,000 census records available for the last name Paris. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Paris 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Paris. 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 89,000 military records available for the last name Paris. For the veterans among your Paris ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Paris lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Paris life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Paris in 1942 was 26, and 75 in 2004.

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