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Mendes Family History

Mendes Name Meaning

Portuguese and Galician: patronymic from the personal name Mendo a shortened form of Menendo (see Menendez ). Jewish (Sephardic): adoption of the Iberian surname (see 1 above) at the moment of conversion to Roman Catholicism. After the return to Judaism (generations later) some descendants retained the name their families used as Catholics.

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

Similar surnames: Mendez, Mende, Menges, Vences, Mendel, Mees, Mense, Mengel, Sender

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Where is the Mendes family from?

You can see how Mendes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mendes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Mendes families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 42 Mendes families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Mendes's in USA. New York had the highest population of Mendes families in 1880.
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What did your Mendes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Mendes. 39% of Mendes men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Mendes women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mendes were Salesman and House Work. .

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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
  • Farm Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Housework
  • House Work
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Mendes. 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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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Mendes. For the veterans among your Mendes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mendes lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Mendes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Mendes in 1948 was 51, and 74 in 2004.

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