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Salmon Name Meaning

English and French: from the Middle English and Old French personal name Salmon Saumon a shortened form of Salomon (see Solomon ). The Normans introduced it to England and it was current as a personal name there until at least the end of the 14th century. The derived surname is found throughout 13th- and 14th-century England mostly in the spellings Saleman and Salman which eventually became regularized as Salmon. See also 2 below compare Salman English: occasionally perhaps a nickname for someone ‘as wise as Solomon’. In Chaucer's Canon's Yeoman's Tale it is stated: ‘And whan we been togidres euerichoon Euery man semeth a Salomon’. King Solomon was famed for his wisdom. English: nickname from Anglo-Norman French Middle English salmon saumo(u)n saumun samoun ‘salmon’ no doubt given to someone who caught sold or ate the fish. Irish: part translation of Gaelic Ó Bradáin ‘descendant of Bradán’ a personal name probably derived from bradach ‘spirited’ but written the same as an Irish word meaning ‘salmon’; the name is also sometimes translated Fisher . Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish male personal name Zalmen derived via a German form from Hebrew Shelomo (see Solomon ). Compare Salman

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


Similar surnames: Salman, Salm, Salamon, Almon, Salton, Salomon, Maimon, Gaymon, Ammon

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You can see how Salmon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Salmon family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Salmon families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 28 Salmon families living in New York. This was about 18% of all the recorded Salmon's in USA. New York had the highest population of Salmon families in 1840.
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What did your Salmon ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Salmon. 14% of Salmon men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Salmon women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Salmon 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

  • Farmer
    14%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
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What is the average Salmon lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Salmon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Salmon in 1942 was 41, and 71 in 2004.

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