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Mack Surname Meaning

Scottish and English: from the Old Norse personal name Makkr representing an Old Irish name Mac ‘son’ Latinized as Maccus. It was once thought that Maccus was a form of Magnus but this is not so. Scottish and Irish: possibly from a shortened form of any of the many Scottish and Irish surnames beginning with Mac- ‘son’ a nickname that occasionally became encoded as a nickname and thence perhaps as a genuine surname but the evidence for this is thin. North German and Dutch: from the ancient Germanic personal name Macco Makko a pet form of a compound name with the first element māg- ‘kinsman’. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). In North America this surname is also an altered form of the much more common Dutch variant Mak . Germanized or Americanized form of Hungarian Mák Polish Ukrainian Slovak Slovenian or Croatian Mak and a variant of the same Jewish (Ashkenazic) surname. Americanized form of the Chinese surname 麥 see Mai

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


Similar surnames: Mark, Jack, Tack, Mace, Pack, Sack, Mak, Mick, Back, Mock

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Where is the Mack family from?

You can see how Mack families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mack family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mack families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 493 Mack families living in London. This was about 22% of all the recorded Mack's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Mack families in 1891.
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What did your Mack 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 Mack. 15% of Mack men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Mack women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mack were Builders Labourer and Private Means. .

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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
    15%
  • Farm Labourer
    6%
  • Bricklayer
    5%
  • Builders Labourer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    70%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Passenger Lists

There are 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Mack. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 67,000 military records available for the last name Mack. For the veterans among your Mack ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mack lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Mack life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Mack in 1940 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

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