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Perera Name Meaning

Catalan: topographic name from Catalan perera ‘pear tree’. Galician and Portuguese: variant of Pereira. This name is also found in western India, where it was taken by Portuguese colonists.

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


Similar surnames: Pereira, Pereyra, Pereda, Pere, Serra, Perna, Pera, Terra, Perry

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Where is the Perera family from?

You can see how Perera families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Perera family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Perera families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 11 Perera families living in Colorado. This was 100% of all the recorded Perera's in the USA. Colorado had the highest population of Perera families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Perera surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Perera ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Perera. 46% of Perera men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Perera women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Perera were Dairyman and Waitress.

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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
    46%
  • Carpenter
    19%
  • Lawyer
    19%
  • Dairyman
    19%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    50%
  • Waitress
    50%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Perera. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Perera 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Perera. 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 455 military records available for the last name Perera. For the veterans among your Perera ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Perera lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Perera life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Perera in 1952 was 54, and 73 in 2004.

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