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Young Name Meaning

English Scottish and northern Irish: nickname from Middle English yong ‘young’ (Old English geong) used to distinguish a younger man from an older man bearing the same personal name (typically father and son). In Middle English this name is often found with the Anglo-Norman French definite article for example Robert le Yunge. In Gaelic-speaking areas of Scotland this was widely used as an English equivalent of the Gaelic nickname Og ‘young’; see Ogg . This surname is also very common among African Americans. Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames meaning ‘young’ or similar notably German Jung Dutch Jong and De Jong and French Lejeune and Lajeunesse . Americanized form of Swedish Ljung: topographic or an ornamental name from ljung ‘(field of) heather’ or a habitational name from a placename containing this word e.g. Ljungby. Americanized form of French Guyon reflecting the specific former French Canadian pronunciation of the initial G- followed by a vowel or of one of its altered forms such as Yon Native American: translation into English and shortening of a personal name composed of a word meaning ‘young’ or ‘little’ such as Lakota Sioux Mato Čikala ‘Little Bear’ or ‘Young Bear’ (see Youngbear ). Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 楊 and 陽 see Yang 1 and 7: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 容 see Rong 8: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 翁 see Weng

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


Similar surnames: Younger, Jung, Tong, Yong, Yount, Yung, Long, Ying, Mount, Yon

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You can see how Young families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Young family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Young families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 7,835 Young families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Young's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Young families in 1891.
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What did your Young 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 Young. 7% of Young men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Young women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Young were Incapacitated and Private Means. .

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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
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    2%
  • Gardener
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    64%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 564,000 military records available for the last name Young. For the veterans among your Young ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Young lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Young life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Young in 1940 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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