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Platz Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived in the main (market) square of a town or village, from (respectively) Middle High German plaz, German Platz ‘town square’. As a Jewish name it may also be one of the names randomly selected by government officials when surnames were made compulsory. In Tyrol, where many farms are called Platz(l), the name refers to an opening or suitable site for a dwelling. German: metonymic occupational name from platz, plotz ‘wedge for splitting stone’, or a nickname for a big, heavy man, from the same word in a transferred sense.

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


Similar surnames: Plotz, Glatz, Plate, Blatz, Platt, Pletz, Patz, Klotz, Ratz, Plato

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Where is the Platz family from?

You can see how Platz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Platz family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Platz families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Platz families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 90% of all the recorded Platz's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Platz families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Platz surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Platz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Platz. 18% of Platz men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Platz women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Platz were Clerk and Bookkeeper.

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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
    18%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Platz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Platz 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Platz. 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 27,000 military records available for the last name Platz. For the veterans among your Platz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Platz lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Platz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Platz in 1951 was 74, and 79 in 2004.

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