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Peltonen Name Meaning

Finnish: ornamental and topographic name from pelto ‘field’ (compare Pelto ) + the surname suffix -nen. Established as a hereditary surname mostly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Satakunta Tavastia and central Finland but a few examples in eastern Finland are on record since the 16th century.

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


Similar surnames: Lehtonen, Salonen, Lehtinen, Pelto, Hiltunen, Kyllonen, Leinonen

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Where is the Peltonen family from?

You can see how Peltonen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Peltonen family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1911 and 1920. The most Peltonen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 16 Peltonen families living in Michigan. This was about 30% of all the recorded Peltonen's in USA. Michigan had the highest population of Peltonen families in 1920.
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What did your Peltonen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Peltonen. 28% of Peltonen men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Peltonen women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Peltonen were Carpenter and Weaver. .

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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
    28%
  • Laborer
    23%
  • Lumber Jack
    10%
  • Carpenter
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    43%
  • Clerk
    29%
  • Weaver
    29%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Peltonen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Peltonen 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 Peltonen. 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 195 military records available for the last name Peltonen. For the veterans among your Peltonen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Peltonen lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Peltonen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Peltonen in 1952 was 46, and 85 in 2004.

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