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Perrin Name Meaning

English and French: from the Middle English, Old French personal name Perrin, a pet form of French Pierre (see Peter).

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


Similar surnames: Perron, Perin, Persin, Herrin, Perris, Merlin, Perrie, Petrin

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Where is the Perrin family from?

You can see how Perrin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Perrin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Perrin families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 36 Perrin families living in New York. This was about 18% of all the recorded Perrin's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Perrin families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Perrin surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Perrin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Perrin. 16% of Perrin men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Perrin women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Perrin were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
    16%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 140,000 census records available for the last name Perrin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Perrin 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Perrin. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Perrin. For the veterans among your Perrin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Perrin lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Perrin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Perrin in 1944 was 46, and 76 in 2004.

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