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Montana Name Meaning

Spanish (Montaña): topographic name from montaña ‘mountain’. Italian: from the feminine form of Montano .

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

Similar surnames: Montano, Fontana, Montagna, Montani, Montanez, Montanaro, Montesano

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Where is the Montana family from?

You can see how Montana families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Montana family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Montana families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 122 Montana families living in New Mexico. This was about 54% of all the recorded Montana's in USA. New Mexico had the highest population of Montana families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Montana surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Montana ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Montana. 39% of Montana men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Montana women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Montana were Clerk 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
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Operator
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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What Montana family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Montana. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Montana 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Montana. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Montana. For the veterans among your Montana ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Montana lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Montana life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Montana in 1949 was 37, and 70 in 2004.

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