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Plate Name Meaning

German and Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a maker of plate armor, from Middle High German blate, plate, Middle Dutch plate ‘plate’, ‘armor plating’. German: habitational name from a place so named in Mecklenburg. Dutch: from West Flemish plate ‘plaice’, possibly a nickname for someone thought to resemble a flat fish, or a metonymic occupational name for a catcher or seller of these fish.

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


Similar surnames: Place, Platz, Platte, Platt, Pate, Plater, Plank, Plath, Plack, Pape

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Where is the Plate family from?

You can see how Plate families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Plate family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Plate families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Plate families living in New York. This was about 71% of all the recorded Plate's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Plate families in 1840.
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What did your Plate ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Plate. 14% of Plate men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Plate women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Plate were Clerk and Teacher.

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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
    14%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Secretary
    10%
  • Waitress
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Plate. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Plate 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Plate. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Plate. For the veterans among your Plate ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Plate lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Plate life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Plate in 1956 was 57, and 77 in 2004.

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