Prime Family History

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Prime Name Meaning

English: from a Middle English personal name or nickname. The personal name existed in Old English, and is probably derived from Old English prim ‘early morning’ (from Latin primus ‘first’, used as the name of one of the canonical hours). The surname may be derived from this word as a Middle English nickname in the sense ‘fine’, ‘excellent’. French: feminine form of Prim 3. Dutch: variant of Priem. Probably an Americanized spelling of German Preim, a topographic name (of Slavic origin), perhaps from a river near Hannover; or of Preime, a variant of Primus.

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

Similar surnames: Prim, Price, Grime, Primo, Pipe, Prior, Trim, Cripe, Pile, Prem

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Prime Family Origin

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Prime Family Occupations

What did your Prime ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Prime occupation in Canada was Fisherman. 28% of Prime's were Fishermans. Fisherman, Farmer and Physician were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Prime. A less common occupation for the Prime family was Baggage Master.

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  • Fisherman

  • Farmer

  • Physician

  • Baggage Master


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Prime ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Prime Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Prime. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Prime census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Prime. 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 Card

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Prime. For the veterans among your Prime ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Prime Life Expectancy

What is the average Prime lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Prime life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Prime in 1959 was 49, and 69 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Prime ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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