Pender Family History

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Pender Name Meaning

English: occupational name for an official who was responsible for rounding up stray animals and placing them in a pound, from an agent derivative of Middle English pind(en) ‘to shut up or enclose’. Black and MacLysaght quote Woulfe’s opinion that in Ireland this is often a reduced form of Prendergast.

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

Similar surnames: Render, Bender, Pedder, Penders, Penner, Mander, Jenner, Pepper

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Pender Family Origin

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Pender Family Occupations

What did your Pender ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Pender occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Pender's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Pender family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pender.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Pender ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Pender Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 49,000 census records available for the last name Pender. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pender census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Pender. 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 Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Pender. For the veterans among your Pender ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pender Life Expectancy

What is the average Pender lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Pender life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Pender in 1941 was 41, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pender ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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