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Origins of the Emerson surname

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About the Emersons

We have a total number of 31505 records for people with the last name Emerson.

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Where do most Emersons live?

In 1921, most Emersons lived in North East.

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Interesting facts about Emersons

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 22,700 records for the Emerson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Emersons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Emerson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Emersons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Emersons in 1921


Domestic Servant




Cotton Weaver




Common Male occupations for Emersons in 1921
Lead Miner




Agricultural Labourer


Farm Hands


Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers


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