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Pelka Family History

Pelka Name Meaning

Polish (Pelka): from a reduced pet form of the Old Polish personal name Swietopelk or a similar name. Jewish (from Poland): habitational name for someone from Pelki in Poland.

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


Similar surnames: Pella, Belka, Polka, Peska, Pelky, Melka, Palla, Oelke, Penna, Jeska

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Where is the Pelka family from?

You can see how Pelka families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pelka family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Pelka families were found in and the USA in 1880and the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 12 Pelka families living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Pelka's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Pelka families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pelka surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pelka ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pelka. 34% of Pelka men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Pelka women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pelka were Stock Clerk and Operator.

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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
    34%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Machinist
    8%
  • Stock Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    25%
  • Winder
    25%
  • Conveyor Operator
    25%
  • Operator
    25%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Pelka. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pelka census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 681 immigration records available for the last name Pelka. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Pelka. For the veterans among your Pelka ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pelka lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Pelka life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Pelka in 1950 was 37, and 78 in 2004.

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