Old Time Occupations beginning with the letter A

Ships passenger lists, census returns and other documents used in genealogy may give an ancestor’s occupation, this list gives more modern interpretations of those terms.

Accomptant – accountant
Accoucheur – man who acts as a midwife
Accoucheuse – midwife
Administatrix – female administrator
Almoner – giver of charity (alms) to the needy
Amanuen(sis) – secretary or stenographer
Aquarius – ewer; waterman
Artificer – maker or fixer of intricate objects; soldier mechanic who does repairs
Ashmanshipman – sailor
Aulnager – official responsible for inspecting and measuring woolen cloth
Aurifaber – goldsmith
Avenator – plantifene; hay and forage merchant

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