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Origins of the Mason surname

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What does the name Mason mean?

The origin of the Mason surname is English, where it can be found in records as early as the 1200s. Mason is mostly thought to be Anglo-Norman and arrived with the conquest of William I in 1066. Mason is an occupational surname, coming from the French 'Macon' or 'Masson' (stoneworker) and would have been given to those who worked with stone or brick, and their descendants.

Alternative variations of the name Mason

Mason, Masson, Massoun, Mayson, Mayeson

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Where do most Masons live?

In 1921, most Masons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Masons

How common is your surname?

73rd most common surname in the UK

We have 413,000 records for the Mason surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Masons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Mason first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Masons

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

Common Female occupations for Masons in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Masons in 1921
Coal Miner


Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer


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