Palen Family History

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Palen Name Meaning

Variant of North German Pahlen, a topographic name from Middle Low German pal ‘post’, ‘stake’, ‘boundary marker’. French: variant of Palin. Americanized spelling of Belgian Peelen, a habitational name for someone from either of two places called Peel, in North Brabant and Limburg.

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


Similar surnames: Kalen, Paley, Galen, Papen, Page, Sales, Maren, Polen, Palin, Payer

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Palen Family Origin

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Palen Family Occupations

What did your Palen ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Palen occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Palen's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Palen. A less common occupation for the Palen family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

    34%
  • Laborer

    12%
  • Keeping House

    9%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Palen ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Palen Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Palen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Palen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Palen. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Palen. For the veterans among your Palen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Palen Life Expectancy

What is the average Palen lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Palen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Palen in 1947 was 40, and 68 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Palen

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Palen ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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