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Person Name Meaning

Americanized form (and a very rare Swedish variant) of Swedish Persson or Pehrsson (see Pehrson ). German: patronymic from the personal name Peer Low German variant of Peter . English: variant of Parson . French (mainly northeastern): from a shortened form of Perreçon a pet form (with double diminutive suffix -eçon) of the personal name Pierre French form of Peter . Breton (also Le Person): nickname from person ‘parson rector of a parish’. Jewish (from Latvia and Belarus): either a variant of Berson or metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Pere a pet form of Perl ‘pearl’ (compare Perel ).

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

Similar surnames: Parson, Merson, Peron, Persyn, Perron, Herson, Pierson, Pearson

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Where is the Person family from?

You can see how Person families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Person family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Person families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 374 Person families living in Quebec. This was about 59% of all the recorded Person's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Person families in 1911.
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What did your Person ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Institutrice were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Person. 34% of Person men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Person women worked as an Institutrice. Some less common occupations for Americans named Person were Laborer and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Cultivateur
  • Journalier
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Institutrice
  • Housework
  • Fileuse
  • Housekeeper
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There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Person. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Person 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 52,000 immigration records available for the last name Person. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Person. For the veterans among your Person ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Person lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Person life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Person in 1944 was 26, and 75 in 2004.

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