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Pelky Family History

Pelky Name Meaning

Americanized form of Polish or Jewish Pelka. Altered form of French Pelletier; these are frequent in VT.

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


Similar surnames: Pelkey, Pelka, Perley, Belka, Pelly, Zelko, Paley, Pilkey, Pelon

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Where is the Pelky family from?

You can see how Pelky families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pelky family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Pelky families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Pelky families living in Illinois. This was about 50% of all the recorded Pelky's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Pelky families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pelky surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pelky ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pelky. 46% of Pelky men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Pelky women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pelky were Truck Driver and House Work.

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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
    46%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    24%
  • Housewife
    16%
  • Clerk
    16%
  • House Work
    16%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Pelky. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pelky 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 148 immigration records available for the last name Pelky. 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 460 military records available for the last name Pelky. For the veterans among your Pelky ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pelky lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Pelky life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Pelky in 1956 was 64, and 83 in 2004.

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