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Peck Name Meaning

English (mainly East Anglia): metonymic occupational name for someone who dealt in weights and measures, for example a grain factor, from Middle English pekke ‘peck’ (an old measure of dry goods equivalent to eight quarts or a quarter of a bushel). English: variant of Peak 1. Irish: variant of Peak 2. South German: variant of Beck. North German and Dutch: metonymic occupational name for someone who prepared or sold pitch, from Middle Low German pek, Middle Dutch pec, pic. Dutch: from Middle Dutch pec, pick ‘desperate straits’, hence a nickname for a person in difficult circumstances or perhaps for someone with a gloomy disposition.

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


Similar surnames: Pick, Beck, Peek, Pech, Puck, Heck, Speck, Pack, Seck, Peak

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Where is the Peck family from?

You can see how Peck families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Peck family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Peck families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 569 Peck families living in New York. This was about 32% of all the recorded Peck's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Peck families in 1840.
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What did your Peck ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Peck. 14% of Peck men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Peck women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Peck were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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
    14%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Peck. 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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There are 59,000 military records available for the last name Peck. For the veterans among your Peck ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Peck lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Peck life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Peck in 1940 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

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