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Palermo Name Meaning

Italian and Jewish (from Italy): habitational name from the Sicilian city of Palermo, the Greek name of which is Panormos, from pan ‘all’ + ormos ‘gulf’, ‘bay’, probably in the sense ‘wide gulf’, but possibly ‘well-protected bay’.

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


Similar surnames: Paley, Salerno, Palma, Pero, Parma, Valero, Valerio, Paterno, Aleo

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Where is the Palermo family from?

You can see how Palermo families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Palermo family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Palermo families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 10 Palermo families living in New York. This was about 91% of all the recorded Palermo's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Palermo families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Palermo surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Palermo ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Palermo. 23% of Palermo men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Palermo women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Palermo were Truck Driver and Packer.

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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
    23%
  • Barber
    5%
  • Clerk
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
    10%
  • Operator
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Packer
    5%
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Palermo. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Palermo 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Palermo. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Palermo. For the veterans among your Palermo ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Palermo lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Palermo life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Palermo in 1944 was 31, and 79 in 2004.

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