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Pella Name Meaning

Italian: habitational name from Pella in Novara province. Italian: possibly a shortened form of Iacopella a pet form of the personal name Iacopa feminine form of Iacopo (see Jacob ) or of Filippella a pet form of Filippa feminine form of Filippo . possibly Catalan: from old Catalan pella ‘used clothes’ perhaps a nickname for someone poorly dressed.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Pelle, Rella, Bella, Palla, Pelka, Perla, Tella, Pell, Pelly, Sella

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Where is the Pella family from?

You can see how Pella families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pella family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Pella families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 13 Pella families living in Iowa. This was about 93% of all the recorded Pella's in USA. Iowa had the highest population of Pella families in 1880.
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What did your Pella ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pella. 27% of Pella men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Pella women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pella were Truck Driver 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Labor
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Saleslady
  • Student Nurse
  • Housekeeper
  • Operator
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Pella. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pella 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Pella. 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 772 military records available for the last name Pella. For the veterans among your Pella ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pella lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Pella life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2004, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Pella in 1961 was 56, and 43 in 2004.

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