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Press Name Meaning

English: variant of Priest. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for someone who ironed clothes, from Yiddish pres ‘flat iron’.

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


Similar surnames: Preis, Presser, Preiss, Kress, Preuss, Tress, Bress, Prest, Kreps

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Where is the Press family from?

You can see how Press families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Press family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Press families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Press families living in Delaware. This was about 20% of all the recorded Press's in the USA. Delaware and 2 other states had the highest population of Press families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Press surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Press ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Press. 13% of Press men worked as a Salesman and 9% of Press women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Press were Clerk and Clerk.

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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

  • Salesman
    13%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Tailor
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

There are 47,000 census records available for the last name Press. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Press 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Press. 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 31,000 military records available for the last name Press. For the veterans among your Press ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Press lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Press life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Press in 1952 was 58, and 79 in 2004.

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