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Prentice Family History

Prentice Name Meaning

Scottish and English: from a reduced form of Middle English, Old French aprentis ‘apprentice’ (from Old French aprendre ‘to learn’, ‘to understand’, Latin appre(he)ndere ‘to understand, grasp’), denoting someone learning a craft or trade, but probably originating as a nickname in the case of the surname.

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


Similar surnames: Prince, Ventre, Price, Principe, Dentice, Renwick, Gentile, Prete

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Where is the Prentice family from?

You can see how Prentice families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Prentice family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Prentice families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 56 Prentice families living in New York. This was about 31% of all the recorded Prentice's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Prentice families in 1840.
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What did your Prentice ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Prentice. 16% of Prentice men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Prentice women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Prentice were Clerk and Teacher.

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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

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housework
    9%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Prentice. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Prentice. For the veterans among your Prentice ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Prentice lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Prentice life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Prentice in 1943 was 22, and 71 in 2004.

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