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Perdue Name Meaning

English and Irish (of Norman and French origin): nickname from Old French par Dieu ‘by God’ which was adopted in Middle English in a variety of more or less heavily altered forms (compare e.g. Pardoe and Purdy ). The surname represents a nickname from a favorite oath. The surname in Ireland belonged to a French Protestant family who settled in County Cork.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Prue, Parde, Pere, Perrie, Brue, Pardue, Verdun, Jerue, Purdue

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Where is the Perdue family from?

You can see how Perdue families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Perdue family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Perdue families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 32 Perdue families living in Virginia. This was about 24% of all the recorded Perdue's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Perdue families in 1840.
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What did your Perdue ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Perdue. 23% of Perdue men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Perdue women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Perdue were Truck Driver and Laborer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Cook
  • Teacher
  • Laborer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Perdue. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Perdue. For the veterans among your Perdue ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Perdue lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Perdue life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Perdue in 1940 was 36, and 70 in 2004.

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