When James Donald Major was born on 23 April 1932, in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, his father, Edgar Joseph Major Jr, was 36 and his mother, Lucille Ann Guidry, was 28. He married Almena Kilbourne Whitaker on 14 August 1953, in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States. He died on 13 October 1979, in his hometown, at the age of 47, and was buried in Wilkinson, Mississippi, United States.
English (of Norman origin): from the personal name Malg(i)er, Maug(i)er, an Old French form of ancient Germanic Madalgar(i) (see Mauger ).
Hungarian: from a shortened form of majorosgazda (see Majoros ) or a derivative of German Meyer .
Polish, Czech, and Slovak: from the military rank major (derived from Latin maior ‘greater’), a word related to English mayor and the German surname Meyer .