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Pearl Family History

Pearl Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a trader in pearls, which in the Middle Ages were fashionable among the rich for the ornamentation of clothes, from Middle English, Old French perle (Late Latin perla). Americanized form of Jewish Perel.

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


Similar surnames: Pear, Perl, Earl, Spear, Neal, Fear, Deal, Mears, Pere, Leal

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Where is the Pearl family from?

You can see how Pearl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pearl family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pearl families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 25 Pearl families living in New York. This was about 17% of all the recorded Pearl's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Pearl families in 1840.
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What did your Pearl ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pearl. 14% of Pearl men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Pearl women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pearl were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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
    14%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 62,000 census records available for the last name Pearl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pearl 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Pearl. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Pearl. For the veterans among your Pearl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pearl lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Pearl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Pearl in 1944 was 48, and 76 in 2004.

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