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Young Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and northern Irish: distinguishing name (Middle English yunge, yonge ‘young’), for the younger of two bearers of the same personal name, usually distinguishing a younger brother or a son. In Middle English this name is often found with the Anglo-Norman French definite article, for example Robert le Yunge. Americanization of a cognate, equivalent, or like-sounding surname in some other language, notably German Jung and Junk, Dutch (De) Jong(h) and Jong, and French Lejeune and LaJeunesse. assimilated form of French Dion or Guyon. Chinese: see Yang.

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

Similar surnames: Younger, Jung, Tong, Yong, Yount, Yung, Long, Ying, Mount, Yon

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You can see how Young families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Young family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Young families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 837 Young families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 14% of all the recorded Young's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Young families in 1840.
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What did your Young ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Young. 15% of Young men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Young women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Young were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Young. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Young 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 436,000 immigration records available for the last name Young. 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 564,000 military records available for the last name Young. For the veterans among your Young ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Young lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Young life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Young in 1940 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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