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Major Family History

Major Name Meaning
English: from the Norman personal name Malg(i)er, Maug(i)er, composed of the Germanic elements madal ‘council’ + gar, geer ‘spear’. The surname is now also established in Ulster.Hungarian: from a shortened form of majorosgazda (see Majoros), or a derivative of German Meyer 1.Polish, Czech, and Slovak: from the military rank major (derived from Latin maior ‘greater’), a word related to English mayor and the German surname Meyer.Catalan and southern French (Occitan): from major ‘major’ (Latin maior ‘greater’), denoting a prominent or important person or the first-born son of a family.Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): variant of Meyer 2.

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

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Name Distribution of Major Families

  • Number of Major families
     100 - 197
     34 - 99
     1 - 33
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Major families
     304 - 605
     102 - 303
     1 - 101
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Major families
     21 - 40
     8 - 20
     1 - 7
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Major Family Origin

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Major Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Major

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Major Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Major census records

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Major Civil War Service Records

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