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Pech Name Meaning

Mayan: nickname from Mayan pech ‘tick’. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German pech, German Pech ‘pitch’, ‘tar’, presumably a nickname for someone with exceptionally dark skin or hair, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who prepared, sold, or used pitch. Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Pech, Polish pech ‘bad luck’. Czech (also well established in German-speaking lands): from the personal name Pech, a pet form of Petr (see Peter). Catalan: variant spelling of nickname from Catalan pec ‘simple’, ‘naive’.

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


Similar surnames: Peck, Bech, Mech, Pach, Pich, Cech, Lech, Rech, Pesch, Perch

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Where is the Pech family from?

You can see how Pech families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pech family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pech families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Pech families living in Virginia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Pech's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Pech families in 1840.
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What did your Pech ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pech. 24% of Pech men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Pech women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pech were Clerk and Teacher.

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    13%
  • Clerk
    13%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Teacher
    11%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Pech. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Pech. For the veterans among your Pech ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pech lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Pech life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Pech in 1951 was 47, and 84 in 2004.

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