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Prime Name Meaning

English: from a Middle English personal name or nickname. The personal name existed in Old English, and is probably derived from Old English prim ‘early morning’ (from Latin primus ‘first’, used as the name of one of the canonical hours). The surname may be derived from this word as a Middle English nickname in the sense ‘fine’, ‘excellent’. French: feminine form of Prim 3. Dutch: variant of Priem. Probably an Americanized spelling of German Preim, a topographic name (of Slavic origin), perhaps from a river near Hannover; or of Preime, a variant of Primus.

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

Similar surnames: Prim, Price, Grime, Primo, Pipe, Prior, Trim, Cripe, Pile, Prem

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Where is the Prime family from?

You can see how Prime families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Prime family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Prime families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 142 Prime families living in London. This was about 13% of all the recorded Prime's in the UK. London had the highest population of Prime families in 1891.
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What did your Prime ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Prime. 8% of Prime men worked as a Builders Labourer and 74% of Prime women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Prime were Dairy Farmer and Domestic Duties.

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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

  • Builders Labourer
  • General Labourer
  • Carpenter joiner
  • Dairy Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Duties
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Census Records

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Prime. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Prime census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Prime. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Prime. For the veterans among your Prime ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Prime lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Prime life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Prime in 1959 was 49, and 69 in 2004.

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