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.
The earliest occurrence of the Mason surname in our family history documents is from 1412, and we currently have 2,082,429 records where Mason appears.
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Typical jobs for Masons
Hard-working people, the Masons. 2011 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Masons lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Mason in Lancashire.
Masons’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Masons were angels, apparently. We found 2723 in criminal records.
Masons in World War I
According to the World War I records, 3340 Masons served in the First World War.