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Yamada Family History

Yamada Name Meaning

Japanese: from a place name meaning ‘mountain rice paddy’; the surname, like the place name, is very common, so that many of its bearers may be unrelated. The surname is especially common along the eastern seaboard. It is listed in the Shinsen shojiroku.

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


Similar surnames: Hamada, Yasuda, Sawada, Yamane, Amaya, Yamaoka, Zawada, Kamara, Imada

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Where is the Yamada family from?

You can see how Yamada families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yamada family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1891 and 1920. The most Yamada families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 29 Yamada families living in British Columbia. This was about 81% of all the recorded Yamada's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Yamada families in 1911.
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What did your Yamada ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Yamada. 32% of Yamada men worked as a Labourer.

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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

  • Labourer
    32%
  • Fisherman
    22%
  • Miner
    16%
  • Manager
    11%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Yamada lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Yamada life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Yamada in 1955 was 52, and 78 in 2004.

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