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Petri Name Meaning

German and Dutch: Latinized patronymic from Peter. Hungarian: habitational name for someone from any of several places so named. Italian: patronymic from the personal names Petro or Pietro.

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

Similar surnames: Petro, Pietri, Peri, Petry, Petrin, Petric, Petre, Petrik, Pero, Petr

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Where is the Petri family from?

You can see how Petri families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Petri family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Petri families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Petri families living in Illinois. This was about 33% of all the recorded Petri's in the USA. Illinois and 1 other state had the highest population of Petri families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Petri surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Petri ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Petri. 13% of Petri men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Petri women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Petri were Clerk 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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Operator
  • Typist
  • Stenographer
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Petri. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Petri 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 Petri. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Petri. For the veterans among your Petri ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Petri lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Petri life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Petri in 1944 was 29, and 76 in 2004.

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