Pelican Family History

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Pelican Name Meaning

Southern French: from Occitan pellican ‘pelican’ (Latin pelicanus, classical Greek pelekan, medieval Greek pelekas), which was used to signify a beggar or destitute person. Compare also Pelikan. This is also a habitational name from a place so named in Hérault.

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

Similar surnames: Pelikan, Pellicano, Kelman, Politano, Illian, Polcyn, Lian, Elia

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Pelican Family Origin

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Pelican Family Occupations

What did your Pelican ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Labourer, Coal Miner and Engineer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pelican. A less common occupation for the Pelican family was Keeps House. The most common Pelican occupation in the USA was Labourer. 25% of Pelican's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Engineer

  • Keeps House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Pelican ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Pelican Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Pelican. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pelican census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 334 immigration records available for the last name Pelican. 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 Card

There are 979 military records available for the last name Pelican. For the veterans among your Pelican ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pelican Life Expectancy

What is the average Pelican lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Pelican life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Pelican in 1960 was 58, and 86 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pelican ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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