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Mars Name Meaning

English: variant of Marsh. French: habitational name from places so named in Ardèche, Ardennes, Gard, Loire, Nièvre, and Meurthe-et-Moselle, from the Latin personal name Marcius, used adjectivally. French: from the personal name Meard, Mard, Mart, vernacular forms of the saint’s name Médard. Morlet notes that there are a number of places called Saint-Mars, formerly recorded in Latin as Sanctus Medardus. French: from the name of the month, mars ‘ March’, denoting seed sown in March, and hence a metonymic name for an arable grower. French (De Mars): habitational name from Mars in the Ardennes. Dutch: from a short form of the personal name Marsilius.

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


Similar surnames: Mark, Mares, Mare, Mari, Marr, Mar, Maris, Maras, Marsh, Mary

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You can see how Mars families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mars family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mars families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Mars families living in Kentucky. This was about 11% of all the recorded Mars's in the USA. Kentucky and 1 other state had the highest population of Mars families in 1840.
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What did your Mars ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mars. 19% of Mars men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Mars women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mars were Truck Driver 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

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Housework
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Mars. For the veterans among your Mars ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mars lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Mars life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Mars in 1944 was 32, and 71 in 2004.

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