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Pearce Family History

Pearce Name Meaning

Welsh, English, and Irish: variant spelling of Pierce.

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


Similar surnames: Peirce, Bearce, Peare, Pearcey, Pearre, Peace, Pearcy, Hearne, Bearse

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Where is the Pearce family from?

You can see how Pearce families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pearce family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pearce families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 97 Pearce families living in New York. This was about 11% of all the recorded Pearce's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Pearce families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pearce surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pearce ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pearce. 15% of Pearce men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Pearce women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pearce were Clerk and Clerk.

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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

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 789,000 census records available for the last name Pearce. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pearce 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 71,000 immigration records available for the last name Pearce. 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 73,000 military records available for the last name Pearce. For the veterans among your Pearce ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pearce lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Pearce life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Pearce in 1942 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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