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Emerson Name Meaning

English: patronymic meaning ‘son of Emery’ or possibly a variant of Emmeson from the Middle English personal name Emmott + -son with later shortening of the first element (see Emmett ). See Emery and compare Empson .

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

Similar surnames: Everson, Enerson, Merson, Emberson, Emerton, Enderson, Melson

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Where is the Emerson family from?

You can see how Emerson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Emerson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Emerson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 412 Emerson families living in Durham. This was about 19% of all the recorded Emerson's in United Kingdom. Durham had the highest population of Emerson families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Emerson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Emerson 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 Emerson. 10% of Emerson men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Emerson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Emerson were Electrician and Housewife. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Electrician

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 199,000 census records available for the last name Emerson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Emerson 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 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Emerson. 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 38,000 military records available for the last name Emerson. For the veterans among your Emerson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Emerson lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Emerson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Emerson in 1942 was 48, and 76 in 2004.

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