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Perla Name Meaning

Spanish: from perla ‘pearl’, possibly applied as a metonymic occupational name for a trader in pearls, which in the Middle Ages were fashionable among the rich for the ornamentation of clothes. Italian: generally, from the female personal name Perla, meaning ‘pearl’(from Late Latin Pern(u)la (‘little pearl’), whence Italian perla ‘pearl’), but in some cases possibly a metonymic occupational name (see 1 above).

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


Similar surnames: Pella, Perna, Pearl, Pera, Perl, Penna, Parola, Palla, Paula, Pezza

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Where is the Perla family from?

You can see how Perla families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Perla family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Perla families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 7 Perla families living in Wisconsin. This was about 78% of all the recorded Perla's in USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Perla families in 1880.
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What did your Perla ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Perla. 23% of Perla men worked as a Laborer and 23% of Perla women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Perla were Stone Mason and Maid. .

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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
    23%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Painter
    9%
  • Stone Mason
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • New Worker
    23%
  • Operator
    23%
  • Inspector
    12%
  • Maid
    12%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Perla. 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 388 military records available for the last name Perla. For the veterans among your Perla ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Perla lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Perla life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Perla in 1962 was 69, and 81 in 2004.

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