Kawakami Family History

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Kawakami Name Meaning

Japanese: ‘above the river’; found throughout Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. Two families from villages of that name, in Iwami (now part of Shimane prefecture) and Shimotsuke (now Tochigi prefecture), descend from the Sasaki and northern Fujiwara respectively. Another samurai family is of Satsuma (now Kagoshima prefecture). The characters are sometimes pronounced Kawanoe or Kawaue. A less usual rendering is with characters meaning ‘river deity’. Listed in the Shinsen shojiroku.

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

Similar surnames: Kawai, Kawabata, Kawamura, Kawasaki, Kagawa, Kawata, Tanaka

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Kawakami Family Origin

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Kawakami Family Occupations

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In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kawakami. 26% of Kawakami men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Kawakami women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kawakami were Carpenter and Maid

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Proprietor
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Helper
  • Cook
  • Maid

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Kawakami Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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There are 712 military records available for the last name Kawakami. For the veterans among your Kawakami ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kawakami Life Expectancy

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Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Kawakami life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1963, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Kawakami in 1962 was 77, and 94 in 2004.

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