Privett Family History

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Privett Name Meaning

French: from the personal name Privat, Latin Privatus (from privatus ‘private citizen’, i.e. not a public official). This was the name of several early saints, including a bishop of Mende, martyred in the 3rd century. English: habitational name from a place in Hampshire, which probably gets its name from an unrecorded Old English word pryfet ‘privet’. This word is found from an early date in place names, for example Privett Farm in Standlynch, Wiltshire, which could be a source of the surname, but as a vocabulary element it is not recorded before the 16th century.

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

Similar surnames: Rivett, Trivett, Prime, Privott, Privitt, Priest, Gravett, Pickett

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Privett Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Privett. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Privett Family Origin

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Privett Family Occupations

What did your Privett ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Privett family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Privett. The most common Privett occupation in the USA was Farmer. 58% of Privett's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


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Privett Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Privett. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Privett census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 668 immigration records available for the last name Privett. 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 Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Privett. For the veterans among your Privett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Privett Life Expectancy

What is the average Privett lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Privett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Privett in 1944 was 39, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Privett ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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