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Percy Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France, so called from the Gallo-Roman personal name Persius + the locative suffix -acum. The suggestion has also been made that it is a nickname from Old French perce(r) ‘to pierce or breach’ + haie ‘hedge’, ‘enclosure’, referring either to a soldier remembered for his breach of a fortification, or in jest to a poacher who was in the habit of breaking into a private park.

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


Similar surnames: Mercy, Berry, Merry, Cerny, Pesch, Pero, Terry, Perna, Perry, Ferry

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Where is the Percy family from?

You can see how Percy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Percy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Percy families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 10 Percy families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded Percy's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Percy families in 1840.
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What did your Percy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Percy. 21% of Percy men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Percy women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Percy were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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
    21%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Cook
    6%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Percy. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Percy. For the veterans among your Percy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Percy lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Percy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Percy in 1945 was 26, and 78 in 2004.

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