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Petry Name Meaning

German French (mainly Lorraine) Walloon Flemish and Luxembourgish: variant of Petri . Scottish: variant of Petrie . English and Scottish: variant of Patry

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

Similar surnames: Petri, Pettry, Petre, Patry, Petro, Petrey, Petree, Peers, Pero, Pere

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Where is the Petry family from?

You can see how Petry families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Petry family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Petry families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Petry families living in North Carolina. This was about 25% of all the recorded Petry's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Petry families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Petry surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Petry ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Petry. 13% of Petry men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Petry women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Petry were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Bookkeeper
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Petry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Petry census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Petry. 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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Draft Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Petry. For the veterans among your Petry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Petry lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Petry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Petry in 1945 was 37, and 76 in 2004.

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