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Ma Name Meaning

Chinese : from an honorific title borne by a prince of the state of Zhao during the Warring States period (403–221 bc). He was awarded the title Noble Ma Fu after repeatedly distinguishing himself as a general, and subsequently, his descendants adopted part of the honorific title, Ma, as their surname. Korean: there are two Chinese characters for the surname Ma, only one of which is frequent enough to be treated here. Two clans use this character: the Mokch’on clan and the Changhung clan. The founding ancestor of the Korean Mokch’on Ma clan migrated to Korea from China during the Han Commanderies period (1st century bc). The Ma clans played fairly important roles in the formation of the pre-Shilla Paekche kingdom. The records are not consistent, but it seems that originally the Ma surname was Yong and that either the Koryo king T’aejo (941–943) or the Shilla king Kyongsun (927–935) changed the name to Ma. Cambodian: unexplained. Hawaiian: unexplained. Tongan: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Na, Ba, Ha, Sa, Mao, Mo, Mu, Yi, Man, Lu

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Where is the Ma family from?

You can see how Ma families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ma family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Ma families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 5 Ma families living in California. This was about 28% of all the recorded Ma's in the USA. California had the highest population of Ma families in 1880.
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What did your Ma ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Attendant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ma. 29% of Ma men worked as a Farmer and 32% of Ma women worked as an Attendant. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ma were Owner and Housework.

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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
    29%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Truck Driver
    9%
  • Owner
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Attendant
    32%
  • Housewife
    19%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Housework
    13%
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Passenger Lists

There are 35,000 immigration records available for the last name Ma. 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 87,000 military records available for the last name Ma. For the veterans among your Ma ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ma lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Ma life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Ma in 1953 was 46, and 77 in 2004.

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