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Dech Name Meaning

German: from an Old Slavic stem (u)techa ‘consolation’. Americanized spelling of Czech Dec (see Dec). Americanized spelling of Hungarian Décsi, or Decsi, a habitational name for someone from a place called Decs in Tolna county, or Décs in Békés county or Nyitra county, now in Slovakia. All of these places were named from personal names derived from Gyeü, a Turkic name of dignity.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Mech, Rech, Pech, Dec, Lech, Cech, Duch, Jech, Denz, Beck

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Where is the Dech family from?

You can see how Dech families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dech family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dech families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 23 Dech families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 96% of all the recorded Dech's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Dech families in 1840.
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What did your Dech ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dech. 34% of Dech men worked as a Laborer and 30% of Dech women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dech were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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

  • Laborer
    34%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    15%
  • Truck Driver
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    30%
  • Operator
    30%
  • Maid
    20%
  • Clerk
    20%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Dech. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dech 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 526 immigration records available for the last name Dech. 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 880 military records available for the last name Dech. For the veterans among your Dech ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dech lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Dech life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Dech in 1960 was 63, and 77 in 2004.

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