Poor Family History

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Poor Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): variant of Power. Hungarian (Poór): status name from pór ‘peasant’, ‘lower class’.

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

Similar surnames: Poore, Pool, Door, Moon, Porr, Spoor, Moor, Boor, Poli, Pott

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Poor Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Poor name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Poor. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Poor Family Origin

Where is the Poor family from?

Poor Family Occupations

What did your Poor ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Poor. The most common Poor occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Poor's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Poor family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Poor ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Poor Historical Records

What Poor family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Poor. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Poor 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Poor. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Poor. For the veterans among your Poor ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Poor Life Expectancy

What is the average Poor lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Poor life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Poor in 1947 was 46, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Poor

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Poor ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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