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Pillard Name Meaning

Of uncertain origin. Pillard is a French surname, from a derivative of Old French pilleur ‘plunderer’; however, the distribution of the name in the U.S. does not comply with the normal pattern for names of French origin. It could perhaps be an altered form of English Pollard.

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


Similar surnames: Gillard, Pollard, Pillar, Hillard, Billard, Millard, Allard, Willard

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Where is the Pillard family from?

You can see how Pillard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pillard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pillard families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Pillard families living in New Jersey. This was about 67% of all the recorded Pillard's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Pillard families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pillard surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pillard ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pillard. 28% of Pillard men worked as a Farmer and 29% of Pillard women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pillard were Farm Laborer and Seamstress.

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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
    28%
  • Laborer
    23%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Farm Laborer
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    29%
  • Housewife
    24%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Seamstress
    10%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Pillard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pillard 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 392 immigration records available for the last name Pillard. 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 421 military records available for the last name Pillard. For the veterans among your Pillard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pillard lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Pillard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Pillard in 1964 was 79, and 86 in 2004.

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