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Tone Name Meaning

English: variant of Town. Japanese: variously written, usually with characters meaning either ‘sword’ or ‘benefit’ and ‘root’, the latter version being used for the name of the Tone River, which was formerly the boundary between the provinces of Musashi (now Tokyo and Saitama prefecture) and Shimosa (now Chiba prefecture), until it was diverted in early modern times to become the northern boundary of Chiba. Some families may have taken their name from the name of the river.

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

Similar surnames: Sone, Hone, Tobe, Tong, Stone, Tome, Toye, Lone, Bone, Zone

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Where is the Tone family from?

You can see how Tone families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tone family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tone families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Tone families living in New York. This was about 61% of all the recorded Tone's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Tone families in 1840.
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What did your Tone ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tone. 22% of Tone men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Tone women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tone were Salesman 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Laborer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Tone. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Tone. For the veterans among your Tone ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tone lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Tone life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Tone in 1952 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

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