Mason Family History

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Mason Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name for a stonemason, Middle English, Old French mas(s)on. Compare Machen. Stonemasonry was a hugely important craft in the Middle Ages. Italian (Veneto): from a short form of Masone. French: from a regional variant of maison ‘house’.

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

Similar surnames: Masson, Maison, Malon, Maron, Cason, Macon, Manson, Bason, Masin

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Mason Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mason name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Mason. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Mason Family Origin

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Mason Family Occupations

What did your Mason ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Mason family was Labourer. Farmer, Coal Miner and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mason. The most common Mason occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Mason's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Mason ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Mason Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Mason. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mason census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 156,000 immigration records available for the last name Mason. 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 Card

There are 224,000 military records available for the last name Mason. For the veterans among your Mason ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mason Life Expectancy

What is the average Mason lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Mason life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Mason in 1940 was 64, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mason ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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