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Maki Name Meaning

Finnish (Mäki): ornamental name from mäki ‘hill’ adopted as a hereditary surname in the late 19th century in western and southern Finland. During the name-changing campaigns of the early 20th century it was frequently substituted for Swedish surnames especially those formed with berg ‘mountain hill’ or back ‘hill(side)’. In a few cases Mäki is a habitational name from farms so named with reference to their location. It has been a hereditary surname since the 19th century mainly in western Finland and in the Torne Valley. In North America the surname Maki may also be a shortened form of Mäkinen (see Makinen ) or other surnames based on the element mäki. It has sometimes been translated into English as Hill . Japanese: written 牧 ‘pasture’. It is found in the island of Kyūshū but is not common in Japan proper; it appears to originate in the Ryūkyūan island of Amami. It can also be written several ways phonetically such as 真木 万木 and others.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Mani, Aki, Saeki, Mari, Makin, Miki, Mako, Mars, Mak, Malik

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You can see how Maki families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Maki family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Maki families were found in USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 542 Maki families living in Minnesota. This was about 32% of all the recorded Maki's in USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Maki families in 1920.
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What did your Maki ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Maki. 26% of Maki men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Maki women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Maki were Carpenter and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Housework
  • Waitress
  • Housekeeper
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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Maki life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Maki in 1944 was 22, and 76 in 2004.

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