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Preis Name Meaning

German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a laudable or celebrated person, from Middle High German pris, Dutch prijs, German Preis ‘praise’, ‘fame’, ‘worth’. Southern German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): regional name for someone from Prussia, from a southern German variant of Preuss or from Yiddish prays ‘Prussia’.

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


Similar surnames: Preiss, Reis, Kreis, Freis, Press, Greis, Reus, Dreis, Greif, Kruis

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Where is the Preis family from?

You can see how Preis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Preis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Preis families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Preis family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Preis's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Preis families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Preis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Preis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Preis. 19% of Preis men worked as a Laborer and 22% of Preis women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Preis were Proprietor and New Worker.

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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%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Proprietor
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    22%
  • Secretary
    11%
  • Seamstress
    11%
  • New Worker
    11%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Preis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Preis 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Preis. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Preis. For the veterans among your Preis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Preis lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Preis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Preis in 1948 was 49, and 84 in 2004.

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