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Pontius Name Meaning

German: from the medieval personal name Potentinus, altered by association with Pontius Pilatus (see Pilat). Potentinus was the name of a 4th-century saint who lived in the valley of the Mosel, and it was in that area and around Schleiden, south of Aachen, that his cult developed and the name became popular.

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


Similar surnames: Pontious, Politis, Ponto, Ponzio, Dinius, Moebius, Lenius, Pincus

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Where is the Pontius family from?

You can see how Pontius families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pontius family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pontius families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Pontius families living in Ohio. This was about 82% of all the recorded Pontius's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Pontius families in 1840.
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What did your Pontius ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pontius. 21% of Pontius men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Pontius women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pontius were Farm Hand and Maid.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Farm Hand
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    17%
  • Teacher
    16%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 683 immigration records available for the last name Pontius. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Pontius. For the veterans among your Pontius ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pontius lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Pontius life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Pontius in 1952 was 45, and 64 in 2004.

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