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Magnus Name Meaning

German Flemish and Walloon: from the personal name Magnus which is from the Latin adjective magnus ‘great’ or a Latinized form of a short form of ancient Germanic compound names based on the element magan ‘strength might’. The name was borne by several early Christian saints including St. Magnus (8th century) a monk in St. Gallen in Switzerland and missionary in Allgäu in southern Germany whose real name was Magnoald. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). In Belgium it may also be a Latinized (humanistic) form of Walloon Legrand . English Scottish Swedish Danish Norwegian and North German: from the Scandinavian personal name Magnus borne by Magnus the Good (died 1047) king of Norway and Denmark who was named for the Emperor Charlemagne Latin Carolus Magnus ‘Charles the Great’ under the impression that Magnus was a personal name. The name spread from Norway to the eastern Scandinavian royal houses and became popular all over Scandinavia and thence in the English Danelaw. It has also been adopted as a Jewish name.

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


Similar surnames: Marcus, Malkus, Manis, Mannes, Mains, Markus, Manes, Matus, Agnes

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You can see how Magnus families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Magnus family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Magnus families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Magnus families living in Tennessee. This was about 33% of all the recorded Magnus's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Magnus families in 1840.
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What did your Magnus ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Magnus. 20% of Magnus men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Magnus women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Magnus were Farming and Secretary. .

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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%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Farming
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    14%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Secretary
    8%
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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Magnus. For the veterans among your Magnus ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Magnus lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Magnus life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Magnus in 1955 was 41, and 68 in 2004.

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