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Proto Name Meaning

Italian (southern): from Greek prōtos ‘first’ hence a name bestowed on the first born (male) child or in some cases possibly a short form of an occupational or status name formed with this element such as Protonotaro literally ‘first notary’. This surname is also found in southern France. Altered form of French Proteau or of its cognate Protot.

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


Similar surnames: Priolo, Toto, Propp, Spoto, Roth, Pott, Pretz, Krotz, Pritz, Prato

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Where is the Proto family from?

You can see how Proto families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Proto family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Proto families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 6 Proto families living in Illinois. This was about 33% of all the recorded Proto's in USA. Illinois and 1 other state had the highest population of Proto families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Proto surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Proto ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Proto. 19% of Proto men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Proto women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Proto were New Worker and Seamstress. .

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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
    19%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Barber
    6%
  • New Worker
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • New Worker
    20%
  • O
    12%
  • Machine Operator
    12%
  • Seamstress
    12%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Proto. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Proto. For the veterans among your Proto ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Proto lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Proto life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Proto in 1956 was 32, and 74 in 2004.

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