Perl Family History

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Perl Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Perel. German: habitational name from any of several places named Perl, Berel, or Berl. German: metonymic occupational name for a jeweler, from Middle High German perle ‘pearl’. German (Austria): from a pet form of Bernhard.

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

Similar surnames: Pell, Berl, Peil, Perel, Pearl, Pehl, Peel, Pero, Perk, Pera

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Perl Family Origin

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Perl Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Perl family was Tailor. The most common Perl occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Perl's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Perl.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Tailor


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Perl Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Perl. For the veterans among your Perl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Perl Life Expectancy

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Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Perl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Perl in 1947 was 45, and 84 in 2004.

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