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Prim Surname Meaning

French (mainly Lorraine) and German: from a vernacular form of the Latin personal name Primus from primus ‘(the) first (the) best’ borne by several early Christian saints including the one martyred and venerated together with St. Felicianus. English: variant of Prime . French: nickname from Old French prim ‘first’ possibly given to the eldest child in a family or alternatively a nickname from Old French and Occitan prim ‘shrewd clever artful sly’. East German: probably from a (Germanized) short form of an Old Slavic personal name beginning with Prim- or Prem-.

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

Similar surnames: Prime, Primo, Trim, Prem, Grim, Palm, Priem, Crim, Brim, Prior

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Where is the Prim family from?

You can see how Prim families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Prim family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Prim families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 7 Prim families living in Ontario. This was about 70% of all the recorded Prim's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Prim families in 1911.
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What did your Prim ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Prim. 25% of Prim men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Prim women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Prim were Farming 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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Prim. 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 Prim. For the veterans among your Prim ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Prim lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Prim life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Prim in 1947 was 22, and 77 in 2004.

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