Major Name Meaning

English: from the Norman personal name Malg(i)er, Maug(i)er, composed of the Germanic elements madal ‘council’ + gar, geer ‘spear’. The surname is now also established in Ulster. Hungarian: from a shortened form of majorosgazda (see Majoros), or a derivative of German Meyer 1. Polish, Czech, and Slovak: from the military rank major (derived from Latin maior ‘greater’), a word related to English mayor and the German surname Meyer. Catalan and southern French (Occitan): from major ‘major’ (Latin maior ‘greater’), denoting a prominent or important person or the first-born son of a family. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): variant of Meyer 2.

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

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Major Family Origin

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Major Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    37%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Farming

    4%

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Major. A less common occupation for the Major family was Farming. The most common Major occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Major's were Farmers.

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Major Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1941 and 2004, Major life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Major in 1941 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Major

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