Abe Name Meaning

Japanese: variously written, with Chinese characters used phonetically. Listed in the Shinsen shojiroku, the Abe claim descent from Ohiko, first son of the mythical Emperor Kogen. There are several places in Japan named Abe, which means ‘sun festival’ in the Ainu language. Some Ainu connections may be assumed, but the name could also be purely habitational. It is found mostly in northeastern Japan, the island of Kyushu, and the Ryukyu Islands.

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

Similar surnames: Abu, Aue, Ake, Oba, Abel, Ash, Babe, Aye, Abt, Ard

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Abe Family Origin

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Abe Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Abe occupation in the UK was Cashier. 50% of Abe's were Cashiers. Cashier and Cloth Carrier were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Abe.

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Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Abe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Abe in 1950 was 44, and 77 in 2004.

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