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Cato Family History

Cato Name Meaning

Scottish and English: variant of Catoe . Swedish: perhaps a soldier's name bestowed with reference to Cato the Roman statesman. Bosniak Serbian and Croatian (Ćato in Bosnia and Herzegovina also Čato): occupational name from Bosnian Serbian and Croatian ćato ‘scribe clerk’.

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


Similar surnames: Cayo, Catto, Calo, Mato, Caro, Catt, Capo, Canto, Caso, Cao

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Where is the Cato family from?

You can see how Cato families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cato family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cato families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Cato families living in Alabama. This was about 14% of all the recorded Cato's in USA. Alabama and 2 other states had the highest population of Cato families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cato surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cato ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cato. 20% of Cato men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Cato women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cato were Farm Laborer and Teacher. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    13%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Laundress
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Cato. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Cato. For the veterans among your Cato ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cato lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cato life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Cato in 1944 was 27, and 73 in 2004.

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