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Pettay Name Meaning

English: altered form of Petty .

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


Similar surnames: Pettey, Petty, Pettee, Petway, Pettway, Petta, Patty, Pett, Pettaway

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Where is the Pettay family from?

You can see how Pettay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pettay family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1840 and 1920. The most Pettay families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Pettay families living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Pettay's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Pettay families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pettay surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pettay ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Attendant and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pettay. 20% of Pettay men worked as an Attendant and 50% of Pettay women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pettay were Laborer 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

  • Attendant
    20%
  • Carpenters Helper
    14%
  • Owner
    14%
  • Laborer
    14%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    50%
  • Waitress
    50%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Pettay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pettay 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 100 immigration records available for the last name Pettay. 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 216 military records available for the last name Pettay. For the veterans among your Pettay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pettay lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Pettay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2003, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Pettay in 1953 was 37, and 79 in 2004.

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