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Payson Name Meaning

North German and Danish: variant of Paysen a patronymic from the personal name Paul .

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

Similar surnames: Mayson, Pawson, Person, Rayson, Wayson, Paxson, Hasson, Parson

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Where is the Payson family from?

You can see how Payson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Payson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Payson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 28 Payson families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 37% of all the recorded Payson's in Canada. Nova Scotia and 1 other province had the highest population of Payson families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Payson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Payson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Payson. 58% of Payson men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
  • Merchant
  • Manager
  • Gold Miner
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Payson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Payson 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Payson. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Payson. For the veterans among your Payson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Payson lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Payson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Payson in 1949 was 44, and 81 in 2004.

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