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Poirier Name Meaning

French: topographic name for someone who lived by a pear tree, poirier, from Old French perier.

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


Similar surnames: Perrier, Pommier, Portier, Pothier, Poire, Porter, Boire, Vivier

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Where is the Poirier family from?

You can see how Poirier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Poirier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Poirier families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there were 5 Poirier families living in Louisiana. This was 100% of all the recorded Poirier's in the USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Poirier families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Poirier surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Poirier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Poirier. 19% of Poirier men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Poirier women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Poirier were Farmer and Clerk.

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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
    19%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    6%
  • Farmer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

There are 97,000 census records available for the last name Poirier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Poirier 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Poirier. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Poirier. For the veterans among your Poirier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Poirier lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Poirier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Poirier in 1944 was 42, and 70 in 2004.

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