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Prevost Surname Meaning

French (Prévost): from Old French prevost ‘provost’ (from Latin praepositus past participle of praeponere ‘to place in charge’) a status name for any of various public officials in a position of responsibility probably also used as a nickname for a self-important person. Compare Provost . English: occupational name from Middle English prevost prefest variants of Provost 2 a cognate of 1 above. In most cases however the surname in Britain is of French (Huguenot) origin (see 1 above).

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


Similar surnames: Provost, Prevot, Privett, Prost, Prevo, Prescott, Probst, Priest

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Where is the Prevost family from?

You can see how Prevost families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Prevost family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Prevost families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 61 Prevost families living in London. This was about 38% of all the recorded Prevost's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Prevost families in 1891.
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What did your Prevost ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Agricultural motor Engineer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Prevost. 100% of Prevost men worked as an Agricultural motor Engineer and 77% of Prevost women worked as an Unpaid 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

  • Agricultural motor Engineer
    100%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    77%
  • Private Means
    7%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    5%
  • Parlourmaid
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Prevost. 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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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Prevost. For the veterans among your Prevost ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Prevost lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Prevost life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Prevost in 1952 was 56, and 73 in 2004.

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