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Minor Family History

Minor Name Meaning

English: variant of Miner . German: Latinized (humanistic) form of Klein or Kleiner from Latin minor ‘less smaller’. Altered form of French Ménard (see Menard ) reflecting the characteristic Canadian and American French rounding of the -ard ending.

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

Similar surnames: Menor, Milnor, Miner, Manor, Mino, Hiner, Mainor, Viner, Mentor

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Where is the Minor family from?

You can see how Minor families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Minor family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Minor families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 77 Minor families living in Virginia. This was about 19% of all the recorded Minor's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Minor families in 1840.
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What did your Minor ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Minor. 21% of Minor men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Minor women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Minor were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 111,000 census records available for the last name Minor. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Minor 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Minor. 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 31,000 military records available for the last name Minor. For the veterans among your Minor ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Minor lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Minor life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Minor in 1941 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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