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Reason Name Meaning

English: nickname for a man of reason good judgement or wise words from Middle English (Old French) raisun raiso(u)n reiso(u)n reso(u)n ‘reason speech justice’. English: habitational name from Market Middle and West Rasen (Lincolnshire). The second element of the placename in each case is from Old English ræsn in dative plural form denoting ‘(place) at the planks’ i.e. plank bridge. In some cases possibly also an Americanized form of German Riesen or of some other similar (like-sounding) surname.

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


Similar surnames: Reasons, Beason, Neason, Creason, Jepson, Greason, Meason, Beson

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Where is the Reason family from?

You can see how Reason families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reason family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reason families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 6 Reason families living in Kentucky. This was about 20% of all the recorded Reason's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Reason families in 1840.
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What did your Reason ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Reason. 23% of Reason men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Reason women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reason were Truck Driver and Laborer. .

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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
    23%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Maid
    13%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Laborer
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Reason. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Reason. For the veterans among your Reason ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reason lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Reason life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Reason in 1947 was 34, and 72 in 2004.

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