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Petre Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Peter. Swedish (Petré): shortened form of Petrejus or Petraeus, Latinized patronymics from the personal name Per, Pär (see Peter). Slovenian: derivative of the personal name Peter. French (Pêtre): metonymic occupational name for an apothecary or grocer, from Old French pistel, pestel ‘pestle’.

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

Similar surnames: Pitre, Pere, Petro, Pete, Pero, Petrus, Petru, Petri, Petrea, Petr

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Where is the Petre family from?

You can see how Petre families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Petre family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Petre families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 19 Petre families living in New York. This was about 42% of all the recorded Petre's in USA. New York had the highest population of Petre families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Petre surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Petre ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Petre. 20% of Petre men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Petre women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Petre were Fisherman and Housewife. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter
  • Fisherman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Petre. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Petre 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Petre. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Petre. For the veterans among your Petre ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Petre lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Petre life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2004, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Petre in 1952 was 47, and 44 in 2004.

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