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Pelto Family History

Pelto Name Meaning

Finnish: ornamental name from pelto ‘field’ adopted during the 20th century throughout southern and western parts of the country. In a few cases however it is a habitational name from farms so named with reference to their location.

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

Similar surnames: Elo, Pelton, Peto, Beito, Yelton, Helton, Bello, Ponto, Kelton, Salto

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Where is the Pelto family from?

You can see how Pelto families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pelto family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1891 and 1920. The most Pelto families were found in USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 27 Pelto families living in Minnesota. This was about 30% of all the recorded Pelto's in USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Pelto families in 1920.
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What did your Pelto ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pelto. 38% of Pelto men worked as a Laborer and 30% of Pelto women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pelto were Machinist and None. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Miner
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
  • None
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Pelto. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pelto 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 439 immigration records available for the last name Pelto. 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 665 military records available for the last name Pelto. For the veterans among your Pelto ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pelto lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Pelto life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Pelto in 1946 was 20, and 83 in 2004.

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