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Paterno Family History

Paterno Name Meaning

Italian:: habitational name from any of numerous places in Italy called Paterno notably those in Catania and Potenza provinces. from paterno ‘of the father’ used as a nickname and also as a personal name.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Patierno, Palen, Picerno, Patane, Perno, Palermo, Salerno, Pantano

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Where is the Paterno family from?

You can see how Paterno families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Paterno family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Paterno families were found in USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 43 Paterno families living in New York. This was about 47% of all the recorded Paterno's in USA. New York had the highest population of Paterno families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Paterno surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Paterno ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Paterno. 15% of Paterno men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Paterno women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Paterno were Salesman and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Clerk
  • Barber
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Operator
  • Dressmaker
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Paterno. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Paterno 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 Paterno. 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 757 military records available for the last name Paterno. For the veterans among your Paterno ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Paterno lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Paterno life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Paterno in 1946 was 57, and 77 in 2004.

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