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Pruitt Name Meaning

French and English: nickname from a pet form of Old French proux ‘valiant’, ‘brave’, or ‘wise’ (see Proulx, Prue).

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

Similar surnames: Prue, Parfitt, Prueitt, Pruiett, Pruit, Pruett, Britt, Pratt, Pruet

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Where is the Pruitt family from?

You can see how Pruitt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pruitt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pruitt families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 15 Pruitt families living in Alabama. This was about 23% of all the recorded Pruitt's in the USA. Alabama had the highest population of Pruitt families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pruitt surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pruitt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pruitt. 24% of Pruitt men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Pruitt women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pruitt were Farming 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Pruitt. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Pruitt. For the veterans among your Pruitt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pruitt lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Pruitt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Pruitt in 1944 was 29, and 71 in 2004.

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