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Minamoto Name Meaning

Japanese: written 源 ‘source origin’. With the Fujiwara and Taira this is one of the three most prominent clans in Japanese history and is ancestral to a large number of families. It is listed in the Shinsen shōjiroku. The Minamoto are also commonly called Genji 源氏 from the Sino-Japanese pronunciation of minamoto + the word for clan. The name itself is not common today as most of the descendant families have taken other surnames usually from their places of residence.

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

Similar surnames: Miyamoto, Iwamoto, Sakamoto, Enomoto, Minami, Mino, Yamamoto

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Where is the Minamoto family from?

You can see how Minamoto families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Minamoto family name was found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there was 1 Minamoto family living in California. This was about 33% of all the recorded Minamoto's in USA. California and 2 other states had the highest population of Minamoto families in 1920.
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What did your Minamoto ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Minamoto. 67% of Minamoto men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
  • Cub Cane
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Census Records

There are 134 census records available for the last name Minamoto. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Minamoto census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 361 immigration records available for the last name Minamoto. 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 144 military records available for the last name Minamoto. For the veterans among your Minamoto ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Minamoto lifespan?

Between 1968 and 2001, in the United States, Minamoto life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1997, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Minamoto in 1968 was 76, and 80 in 2001.

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