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Faison Name Meaning

Probably an Americanized form of English, Dutch, or French Faisant ‘pheasant’, either a metonymic occupational name for a breeder of pheasants or a nickname for someone who was thought to resemble the bird. Faisant is found as a surname of Old French origin in Middle English, but is not found in present-day Britain.

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

Similar surnames: Raison, Falcon, Maison, Mason, Caison, Farson, Ramson, Hasson, Cason

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Where is the Faison family from?

You can see how Faison families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Faison family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Faison families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Faison families living in North Carolina. This was about 55% of all the recorded Faison's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Faison families in 1840.
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What did your Faison ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Faison. 36% of Faison men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Faison women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Faison were Salesman 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.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 652 immigration records available for the last name Faison. 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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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Faison. For the veterans among your Faison ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Faison lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Faison life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Faison in 1943 was 41, and 69 in 2004.

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