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Payette Name Meaning

Americanized form of French Payet: habitational name from Payet the name of two places in Landes or a diminutive of Paye . Altered ending reflects the Canadian and American French practice of sounding the final -t.

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

Similar surnames: Pinette, Piette, Paquette, Parlette, Pichette, Paulette, Fayette

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Where is the Payette family from?

You can see how Payette families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Payette family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Payette families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1880 there were 37 Payette families living in Michigan. This was about 26% of all the recorded Payette's in USA. Michigan had the highest population of Payette families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Payette surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Payette ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Payette. 22% of Payette men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Payette women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Payette were Clerk and Waitress. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Payette. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Payette 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 Payette. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Payette. For the veterans among your Payette ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Payette lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Payette life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Payette in 1941 was 41, and 78 in 2004.

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