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Kumagai Family History

Kumagai Surname Meaning

Japanese: written 熊谷 ‘bear valley’; also pronounced Kumatani Kumaya and Kumagaya. It is found in northeastern and western Japan a habitational name from the town of Kumagaya in Musashi (now part of Saitama prefecture). The earliest bearers were of Taira descent. In fact the town was named after Kumagai Naozane a 12th century warrior featured in a famous story in the epic Heike monogatari ‘Tales of the Taira’.

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


Similar surnames: Kamei, Kawakami, Kurata, Kasai, Sugai, Kawai, Yamazaki, Nagai, Kihara

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Where is the Kumagai family from?

You can see how Kumagai families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kumagai family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1911 and 1920. The most Kumagai families were found in USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 13 Kumagai families living in California. This was about 43% of all the recorded Kumagai's in USA. California had the highest population of Kumagai families in 1920.
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What did your Kumagai ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kumagai. 27% of Kumagai men worked as a Laborer and 100% of Kumagai women worked as a Laborer. .

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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
    27%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Bell Boy
    16%
  • Gardener
    16%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    100%
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Census Records

There are 668 census records available for the last name Kumagai. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kumagai 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

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Draft Cards

There are 394 military records available for the last name Kumagai. For the veterans among your Kumagai ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kumagai lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Kumagai life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1985, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Kumagai in 1962 was 75, and 86 in 2004.

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