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Peets Name Meaning

North German and Dutch: probably a patronymic from Peet 2. Possibly a short form of Dutch Peetsvrouw, literally ‘Peet’s wife’, a name which occurred in New Netherland.

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


Similar surnames: Beets, Peeks, Peet, Peetz, Peers, Hees, Pels, Pee, Teets, Kees

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Where is the Peets family from?

You can see how Peets families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Peets family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Peets families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Peets families living in New York. This was about 82% of all the recorded Peets's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Peets families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Peets surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Peets ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Peets. 32% of Peets men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Peets women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Peets were Truck Driver 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

  • Laborer
    32%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    14%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Secretary
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Peets. 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 683 military records available for the last name Peets. For the veterans among your Peets ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Peets lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Peets life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Peets in 1953 was 20, and 73 in 2004.

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