Ploetz Family History

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Ploetz Name Meaning

from plötz ‘roach’, hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who caught or sold these fish. variant of Plotz. from an altered and shortened form for the Slavic personal name Blogumil (from blogy ‘good’, ‘rich’, ‘happy’).

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

Similar surnames: Plotz, Pletz, Platz, Pretz, Plott, Lontz, Pelotte, Ploen, Portz

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Ploetz Family Origin

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Ploetz Family Occupations

What did your Ploetz ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Ploetz family was R.R. Station Boss. The most common Ploetz occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Ploetz's were Farmers. Farmer, Deal Hardware and Photographer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ploetz.

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  • Farmer

  • Deal Hardware

  • Photographer

  • R.R. Station Boss


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Ploetz Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Ploetz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ploetz 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 445 immigration records available for the last name Ploetz. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Ploetz. For the veterans among your Ploetz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ploetz Life Expectancy

What is the average Ploetz lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Ploetz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Ploetz in 1953 was 33, and 79 in 2004.

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