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Mason Surname Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English masoun ‘mason stone worker builder in stone’ (Old Central French maçon masson). A Middle English form machun (derived from Old French machun) gives rise to Machin and its variants. See also Mayson . Stonemasonry was a hugely important craft in the Middle Ages. Italian (Veneto): variant of Masone . Altered form of French Masson . French: topographic name from a regional variant of maison ‘house’.

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

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

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You can see how Mason families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mason family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mason families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 5,074 Mason families living in London. This was about 13% of all the recorded Mason's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Mason families in 1891.
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What did your Mason 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 Mason. 7% of Mason men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Mason women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mason were Farmer 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
  • Incapacitated
  • Builders Labourer
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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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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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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