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Yamamoto Family History

Yamamoto Name Meaning

Japanese: written 山本 ‘(one who lives) in the mountains’ or ‘at the foot of the mountain’. It is one of the ten most common surnames in Japan and is found mostly in central and west-central Japan.

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


Similar surnames: Hamamoto, Sakamoto, Nakamoto, Iwamoto, Kawamoto, Miyamoto, Takamoto

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Where is the Yamamoto family from?

You can see how Yamamoto families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yamamoto family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1911 and 1920. The most Yamamoto families were found in USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 322 Yamamoto families living in Hawaii. This was about 48% of all the recorded Yamamoto's in USA. Hawaii had the highest population of Yamamoto families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Yamamoto surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Yamamoto ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Yamamoto. 20% of Yamamoto men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Yamamoto women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Yamamoto were Carpenter and Cook. .

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Carpenter
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    10%
  • Helper
    9%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Yamamoto. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Yamamoto census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Yamamoto. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Yamamoto. For the veterans among your Yamamoto ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Yamamoto lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Yamamoto life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Yamamoto in 1951 was 66, and 76 in 2004.

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