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Meis Name Meaning

German: variant of Meise. German: variant of Meiss. Dutch: from a short form of the personal name Remeis, from the Latin personal name Remigius (see Remy), which was born by two early medieval bishops in Normandy. Dutch: from a reduced form of the personal name Meinso, a variant of Mein. Dutch: possibly a late variant of Mys (see Mis), or a metronymic from the personal name Clemeinse, Clementia, from the Latin female personal name Clementia (meaning ‘mercy’) or from a derivative of clemens ‘merciful’.

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


Similar surnames: Melis, Reis, Mis, Neis, Mein, Mei, Meise, Mais, Sens, Mars

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Where is the Meis family from?

You can see how Meis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Meis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Meis families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Meis family living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Meis's in the USA. Ohio and 1 other state had the highest population of Meis families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Meis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Meis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Meis. 28% of Meis men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Meis women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Meis were Farming and Waitress.

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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
    28%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Farming
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    16%
  • Teacher
    14%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Waitress
    12%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Meis. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Meis. For the veterans among your Meis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Meis lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Meis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Meis in 1948 was 65, and 70 in 2004.

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