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Polly Name Meaning

French and English (of Norman origin): from Old French poli ‘agreeable’, ‘polite’ (literally ‘polished’, past participle of Old French polir), hence a nickname for a courteous or amiable person (perhaps also sometimes given ironically to a boor). Altered form of German Polley, a habitational name from any of several places so named in Anhalt and Brandenburg.

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


Similar surnames: Poley, Folley, Jolly, Pelly, Holly, Poll, Lilly, Tilly, Polley, Polli

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Where is the Polly family from?

You can see how Polly families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Polly family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Polly families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Polly families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Polly's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Polly families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Polly surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Polly ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Polly. 28% of Polly men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Polly women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Polly were Carpenter and Maid.

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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
    28%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Miner
    8%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Maid
    10%
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Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Polly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Polly 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Polly. 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 Polly. For the veterans among your Polly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Polly lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Polly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Polly in 1944 was 29, and 80 in 2004.

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