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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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Where is the Privett family from?

You can see how Privett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Privett family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Privett families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Privett families living in North Carolina. This was about 78% of all the recorded Privett's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Privett families in 1840.
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What did your Privett ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Privett. 28% of Privett men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Privett women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Privett were Miner and Stenographer.

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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
    28%
  • Farmer
    28%
  • Operator
    5%
  • Miner
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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