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Mason Name Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English masoun ‘mason stone worker builder in stone’ (Old Central French maçon masson). A Middle English form machun (derived from Old French machun) gives rise to Machin and its variants. See also Mayson . Stonemasonry was a hugely important craft in the Middle Ages. Italian (Veneto): variant of Masone . Altered form of French Masson . French: topographic name from a regional variant of maison ‘house’.

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


Similar surnames: Masson, Maison, Malon, Maron, Cason, Macon, Manson, Bason, Masin

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You can see how Mason families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mason family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mason families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 400 Mason families living in New York. This was about 15% of all the recorded Mason's in USA. New York had the highest population of Mason families in 1840.
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What did your Mason ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Mason. 17% of Mason men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Mason women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mason were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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
    17%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
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There are 224,000 military records available for the last name Mason. For the veterans among your Mason ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mason lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Mason life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Mason in 1940 was 64, and 74 in 2004.

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