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April Surname Meaning

Americanized form (translation into English) of any of several European surnames meaning ‘April’ (Latin aprilis) for example Italian Aprile German Abrell and Aprill (see 2 below) Polish Kwiecień (see Kwiecien ). There were several possible connections between the month and the surname; for example it may have been applied to someone who rendered homage or paid rent to an overlord in April or as a personal name bestowed on a child born in April. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German abrille German April ‘April’ (see 1 above). This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). As a Jewish name it is artificial. English: from Middle English April the name of the month. Compare Averill . There is no evidence for the use of April as a personal name before the 19th century. April is found in England as a surname from the 13th and 14th centuries onward but it is unknown if the medieval surname survived into modern times.

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


Similar surnames: Abril, Appel, Aprile, Avril, Prim, Kapral, Apfel, Apel, Peil, Hari

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Where is the April family from?

You can see how April families moved over time by selecting different census years. The April family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most April families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1871 there was 1 April family living in Peeblesshire. This was 100% of all the recorded April's in Scotland. Peeblesshire had the highest population of April families in 1871.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the April surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your April ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named April. 19% of April men worked as a Laborer and 20% of April women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named April were Machinist and At Home. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Machinist
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Saleslady
    20%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • At Home
    12%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name April. Like a window into their day-to-day life, April 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name April. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 208,000 military records available for the last name April. For the veterans among your April ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average April lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, April life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for April in 1959 was 51, and 74 in 2004.

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