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Factor is a surname with a variety of origins. Typically, Factor is an anglicized version of another surname. The most prevalent families having this name will be discussed below. These five families seem to be completely unrelated.
Individuals with that surname but no separate pageEdit
The Factor family of Coshocton County, Ohio Edit
Original Spelling: Fechter
Mathias Fechter and his wife, Margaret Walter, immigrated to America in 1840 with 7 sons and 2 daughters. They settled in Coshocton County, Ohio. Several descendants of this branch migrated to Brown County, Illinois in the 1860s.
The Factor family of Iowa and Minnesota Edit
Original Spelling: Faktor
Place of Origin: Bohemia
At least two Faktor families from Bohemia seem to be related. Martin Factor (1866-1904) and his wife Mary Cobeen settled in Iowa. John Factor and his wife Anna were living in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1860.
The Factor family of the Philippines Edit
Original Spelling: Factor
Place of Origin: Germany
The family decended from an immigrant from Germany.
The Factor family of Los Angeles, California Edit
Original Spelling: Factorowitz or Faktorowicz
This family is apparently descended from Abraham Factor who was born about 1850 in Poland. His sons include the famous cosmetician and businessman, Max Factor, John “Jake the Barber” Factor, a Prohibition-era gangster, and Nathan Factor. This family also lived in St. Louis, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois for some time. Other Factors that are probably related are found in New York City in the early 1900s.
The Factor family of Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas Edit
Original Spelling: Factor
Place of Origin: Florida
This branch descended from runaway slaves who lived with the Seminole tribe in Florida for generations. Several slaves seem to have escaped from their owner, Nelly Factor. They apparently adopted this surname after they escaped. Three of these black Seminoles who were Hardy, Demdo, and Thomas Factor. Hardy's son, Pompey Factor (1849-1928) was a Medal of Honor Recipient for his heroic actions during the course of the Red River War. Descendants of this family are probably the Factors that are currently associated with the Cherokee and Seminole tribes.
2000 Census Edit
For the last name of FACTOR the 2000 census of the United States reports the following race / ethnic origin breakdown:
* 65.84 percent, or 1,095 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only" * 2.41 percent, or 40 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only" * 3.43 percent, or 57 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only" * 15.39 percent, or 256 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native" * 2.65 percent, or 44 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races" * 10.28 percent, or 171 total occurrences, were "Hispanic Origin"
An obvious diversity in race evidently points to a variety of origins among those sharing this surname.
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