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Kato Name Meaning

Japanese (Katō): written 加藤 ‘increasing wisteria’. Most bearers descend from the Fujiwara of Kaga (now part of Ishikawa prefecture). Mostly found along the southeastern seaboard and in the Ryūkyū Islands. One family was daimyō (feudal lords) of Hizen (now Nagasaki prefecture). Another version 河東 means ‘east of the river’. The name is sometimes Romanized as Katoh. Japanese: alternate pronunciation of Kado . Hungarian (Kató): from a pet form of the female personal name Katalin (see Catherine ).

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

Similar surnames: Kano, Kata, Sato, Katko, Mato, Dato, Kats, Barto, Kara, Baro

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You can see how Kato families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kato family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Kato families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 18 Kato families living in Alabama. This was about 33% of all the recorded Kato's in USA. Alabama had the highest population of Kato families in 1880.
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What did your Kato ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kato. 24% of Kato men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Kato women worked as a Farm Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kato were Proprietor and Saleslady. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Farm Laborer
  • Laborer
  • Maid
  • Saleslady
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What is the average Kato lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Kato life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kato in 1957 was 46, and 76 in 2004.

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