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Pearsall Name Meaning

English (West Midlands):: habitational name from Pearshall in Staffordshire. The placename probably derives from Old English pise peosu ‘pea’ + halh ‘nook corner of land’. occasionally a variant of Purcell .

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


Similar surnames: Hadsall, Beardall, Arnall, Persall, Heartsill, Halsall, Pursell

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Where is the Pearsall family from?

You can see how Pearsall families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pearsall family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pearsall families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 96 Pearsall families living in New York. This was about 68% of all the recorded Pearsall's in USA. New York had the highest population of Pearsall families in 1840.
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What did your Pearsall ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pearsall. 16% of Pearsall men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Pearsall women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pearsall were Carpenter and Housewife. .

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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
    16%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Secretary
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Pearsall. For the veterans among your Pearsall ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pearsall lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Pearsall life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Pearsall in 1952 was 44, and 74 in 2004.

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