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Potvin Name Meaning

French Canadian: altered form of French Poitevin (see Poitevint ). Compare Podvin 1 and Potwin . In some cases possibly also French: variant (shortened form) of French Poitevin (see Poitevint compare 1 above). In some cases possibly also French and Walloon: shortened form of Potdevin a metonymic occupational name for a wine merchant or a nickname for a wine drinker from pot de vin ‘wine jar’. Compare Podvin

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


Similar surnames: Polin, Bodin, Potwin, Poulin, Boivin, Goffin, Putman, Botkin, Covin

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Where is the Potvin family from?

You can see how Potvin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Potvin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Potvin families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1911 there were 805 Potvin families living in Quebec. This was about 76% of all the recorded Potvin's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Potvin families in 1911.
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What did your Potvin ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cultivateur and Institutrice were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Potvin. 26% of Potvin men worked as a Cultivateur and 10% of Potvin women worked as an Institutrice. Some less common occupations for Americans named Potvin were Labourer and Mnagre. .

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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
    26%
  • Journalier
    20%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Labourer
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Institutrice
    10%
  • Journalier
    10%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Mnagre
    8%
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Census Records

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Potvin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Potvin 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Potvin. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Potvin. For the veterans among your Potvin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Potvin lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Potvin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Potvin in 1947 was 44, and 75 in 2004.

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