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Armour Surname Meaning

Scottish English and northern Irish: of Norman origin from Anglo-Norman French armurer Old French armurier hence an occupational name for a maker of arms and armor. The collective noun armure denoted offensive weapons as well as the more recently specialized sense of protective gear.

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

Similar surnames: Armer, Barbour, Arthur, Harbour, Arbour, Armor, Larmour, Prior

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Where is the Armour family from?

You can see how Armour families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Armour family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Armour families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 113 Armour families living in Durham. This was about 26% of all the recorded Armour's in United Kingdom. Durham had the highest population of Armour families in 1891.
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What did your Armour 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 Armour. 25% of Armour men worked as a General Labourer and 80% of Armour women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Armour were Carpenter and Elementary School Teacher. .

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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
  • Retired
  • Railway Clerk
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Elementary School Teacher
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Census Records

There are 57,000 census records available for the last name Armour. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Armour 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Armour. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Armour. For the veterans among your Armour ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Armour lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Armour life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Armour in 1947 was 47, and 71 in 2004.

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