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Bacon Surname Meaning

English (of Norman origin) and French: from the Norman French personal name Bacun derived from the ancient Germanic name Bac(c)o Bahho based on the element bag ‘(to) fight (to) dispute’. The name was relatively common among the Normans in the form Bacus of which the oblique case was Bacon. English and French: from Middle English Old French bacun bacon ‘bacon’ (a word of ancient Germanic origin akin to Back ) probably a metonymic occupational name for a preparer and seller of cured pork.

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


Similar surnames: Baron, Macon, Balon, Badon, Deacon, Falcon, Bason, Cason, Jason

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Where is the Bacon family from?

You can see how Bacon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bacon family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bacon families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,356 Bacon families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Bacon's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Bacon families in 1891.
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What did your Bacon ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Bacon. 7% of Bacon men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Bacon women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bacon were Retired and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Bricklayer
    3%
  • Retired
    2%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 46,000 military records available for the last name Bacon. For the veterans among your Bacon ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bacon lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bacon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bacon in 1941 was 63, and 76 in 2004.

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