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Price Name Meaning

Welsh: Anglicized form of Welsh ap Rhys ‘son of Rhys’ (see Reece). This is one of the commonest of Welsh surnames. It has also been established in Ireland since the 14th century, where it is sometimes a variant of Bryson. English: the name is also found very early in parts of England far removed from Welsh influence (e.g. Richard Prys, Essex 1320), and in such cases presumably derives from Middle English, Old French pris ‘price’, ‘prize’, perhaps as a metonymic occupational name for a fixer of prices. Americanized spelling of Jewish Preuss or Preis.

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


Similar surnames: Brice, Prime, Grice, Pryce, Trice, Prince, Pride, Place, Pipe, Rice

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Where is the Price family from?

You can see how Price families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Price family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Price families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 335 Price families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 12% of all the recorded Price's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Price families in 1840.
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What did your Price ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Price. 16% of Price men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Price women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Price were Truck Driver 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

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
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What is the average Price lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Price life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Price in 1940 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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