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Polite Name Meaning

French: from a short form of the personal name Hippolyte (see Hypolite).

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

Similar surnames: Polit, Politte, Politz, Polito, Pollitt, Polt, Pulte, Polich, Politis

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Where is the Polite family from?

You can see how Polite families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Polite family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Polite families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Polite families living in Missouri. This was about 82% of all the recorded Polite's in USA. Missouri had the highest population of Polite families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Polite surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Polite ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Polite. 41% of Polite men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Polite women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Polite were New Worker and Laborer. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Porter
  • New Worker

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Cook
  • Servant
  • Laundress
  • Laborer
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What Polite family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Polite. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Polite 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 547 immigration records available for the last name Polite. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Polite. For the veterans among your Polite ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Polite lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Polite life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1959. The average life expectancy for Polite in 1949 was 41, and 71 in 2004.

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