Palfrey Family History

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Palfrey Name Meaning

English (chiefly Devon): metonymic occupational name for a man responsible for the maintenance and provision of saddle-horses, from Middle English palfrey ‘saddle-horse’ (Old French palefrei).

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

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

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Palfrey Family Origin

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Palfrey Family Occupations

What did your Palfrey ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Palfrey. A less common occupation for the Palfrey family was 1st Lieutenant Of Engineers. The most common Palfrey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 9% of Palfrey's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • 1st Lieutenant Of Engineers


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

Palfrey Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Palfrey Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Palfrey

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Palfrey 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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