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Jarvi Name Meaning

Finnish (Järvi): habitational name from farms so named especially in Ostrobothnia from järvi ‘lake’ referring to their lakeside location. Also an ornamental name widely adopted during the name-changing campaigns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Finns without surnames and with Swedish surnames in the western and southern parts of Finland (compare Laine ). In the US Jarvi is also found as a shortened form of other Finnish surnames containing the element järvi such as Sikojärvi. The surname Järvi is also found in Estonia.

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

Similar surnames: Kari, Jarvis, Sari, Sardi, Parvin, Salvi, Vari, Barsi, Marti, Hari

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Where is the Jarvi family from?

You can see how Jarvi families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jarvi family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Jarvi families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 2 Jarvi families living in Illinois. This was 100% of all the recorded Jarvi's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Jarvi families in 1880.
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What did your Jarvi ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Jarvi. 28% of Jarvi men worked as a Laborer and 27% of Jarvi women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jarvi were Carpenter and New Worker. .

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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
  • Miner
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Farmer
  • New Worker
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Jarvi. 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 940 military records available for the last name Jarvi. For the veterans among your Jarvi ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jarvi lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Jarvi life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Jarvi in 1947 was 68, and 75 in 2004.

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