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Purtill Family History

Purtill Name Meaning

English (Cheshire and Dorset): variant of Purcell .

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

Similar surnames: Purcell, Grill, Pursell, Purtell, Tuthill, Perrill, Guptill, Prill

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Where is the Purtill family from?

You can see how Purtill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Purtill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Purtill families were found in USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 32 Purtill families living in New York. This was about 25% of all the recorded Purtill's in USA. New York had the highest population of Purtill families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Purtill surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Purtill ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Purtill. 24% of Purtill men worked as a Farmer and 40% of Purtill women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Purtill were Shipping Clerk and Inspector. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Shipping Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Inspector
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Purtill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Purtill 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 917 immigration records available for the last name Purtill. 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 506 military records available for the last name Purtill. For the veterans among your Purtill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Purtill lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Purtill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1984, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Purtill in 1953 was 42, and 79 in 2004.

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