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Perch Family History

Perch Name Meaning

Probably an Americanized form of Pertsch, South German form of Bertsch, or possibly an altered spelling of Bavarian Pförtsch, presumably a humorous nickname from Middle High German verz, vorz ‘fart’.

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


Similar surnames: Pech, Ferch, Peach, Lerch, Pesch, Berch, Petch, Karch, Dersch, Horch

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Where is the Perch family from?

You can see how Perch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Perch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Perch families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Perch family living in Missouri. This was about 33% of all the recorded Perch's in the USA. Missouri and 2 other states had the highest population of Perch families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Perch surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Perch ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Perch. 35% of Perch men worked as a Laborer and 30% of Perch women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Perch were Barber and Farm Laborer.

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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
    35%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Manufacturer
    9%
  • Barber
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    30%
  • Stenographer
    30%
  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Farm Laborer
    20%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Perch. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Perch 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 Perch. 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 666 military records available for the last name Perch. For the veterans among your Perch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Perch lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Perch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Perch in 1956 was 55, and 84 in 2004.

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