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Place Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived in the main market square of a town or village, from Middle English, Old French place (Late Latin platea (via) ‘broad street’, ‘free public open space in a town’). from Middle English, Old French plaise ‘plaice’, ‘flatfish’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or a seller of these fish, or perhaps a nickname for someone thought to resemble a flatfish. topographic name for someone who lived near a quickset fence, from Middle English, Old French pleis (Latin plexum, past participle of plectere ‘to plait or weave’).

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

Similar surnames: Plate, Pace, Lake, Lace, Plack, Clare, Pape, Slack, Pesce, Page

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Place Family Origin

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Place Family Occupations

What did your Place ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Place occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Place's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Place family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Place.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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Place Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Place. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Place census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Place. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Place. For the veterans among your Place ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Place Life Expectancy

What is the average Place lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Place life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Place in 1944 was 25, and 78 in 2004.

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