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Sato Family History

Sato Name Meaning

Japanese (Sato): with Suzuki, one of the two most common surnames in Japan. The Sato descend from the northern Fujiwara through Fujiwara no Hidesato (10th century), who governed Shimotsuke (now Tochigi) prefecture from a place called Sano, hence Sano no Fujiwara or Sato. Another tradition takes the sa from the title Saemon no jo, an office held by a distinguished descendant of Hidesato’s.

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


Similar surnames: Saito, Kato, Asato, Sako, Suto, Satow, Kano, Sano, Seto, Sawa

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Where is the Sato family from?

You can see how Sato families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sato family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Sato families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 6 Sato families living in California. This was about 30% of all the recorded Sato's in USA. California and 1 other state had the highest population of Sato families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sato surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sato ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sato. 28% of Sato men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Sato women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sato were Carpenter and Waitress. .

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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
    28%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Proprietor
    5%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Maid
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Waitress
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Sato. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Sato. For the veterans among your Sato ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sato lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Sato life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Sato in 1943 was 28, and 79 in 2004.

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