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Palfrey Name Meaning

English (mainly Devon and Somerset): nickname from Middle English palefrei ‘riding horse palfrey’ (Old French palefroi palefrei) perhaps for someone who looked after saddle-horses. Compare Palfreyman .

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


Similar surnames: Alfrey, Paley, Alfred, Galley, Pelfrey, Pulley, Alley, Wolfrey

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Where is the Palfrey family from?

You can see how Palfrey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Palfrey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Palfrey families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Palfrey families living in Massachusetts. This was about 42% of all the recorded Palfrey's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Palfrey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Palfrey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Palfrey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Palfrey. 37% of Palfrey men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Palfrey women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Palfrey were Manager and Bookkeeper. .

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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
    37%
  • Salesman
    17%
  • Teacher
    14%
  • Manager
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    34%
  • Clerk
    34%
  • Bookkeeper
    34%
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Palfrey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Palfrey 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Palfrey. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Palfrey. For the veterans among your Palfrey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Palfrey lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Palfrey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Palfrey in 1941 was 24, and 83 in 2004.

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