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Pretz Family History

Pretz Name Meaning

Austrian: unexplained; perhaps a variant of Protz, from a short form of the personal name Prokopius, or a nickname from Protz ‘toad’. German: habitational name from either of two places so named in Bavaria and Saxony, possibly also from Preetz in Schleswig-Holstein.

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


Similar surnames: Pritz, Gretz, Retz, Peetz, Gratz, Kretz, Rentz, Paetz, Bretz, Kritz

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Where is the Pretz family from?

You can see how Pretz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pretz family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Pretz families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Pretz families living in Ohio. This was about 60% of all the recorded Pretz's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Pretz families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pretz surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pretz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pretz. 30% of Pretz men worked as a Farmer.

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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
    30%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Operator
    10%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Operator
    100%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Pretz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pretz 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 574 immigration records available for the last name Pretz. 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 493 military records available for the last name Pretz. For the veterans among your Pretz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pretz lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2003, in the United States, Pretz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Pretz in 1962 was 79, and 95 in 2003.

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