Pearl Family History

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Pearl Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a trader in pearls, which in the Middle Ages were fashionable among the rich for the ornamentation of clothes, from Middle English, Old French perle (Late Latin perla). Americanized form of Jewish Perel.

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

Similar surnames: Pear, Perl, Earl, Spear, Neal, Fear, Deal, Mears, Pere, Leal

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Pearl Family Origin

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Pearl Family Occupations

What did your Pearl ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Fisher & Farmer and Cultivateur were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pearl. The most common Pearl occupation in Canada was Farmer. 24% of Pearl's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Pearl family was Pawper.

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  • Farmer

  • Fisher & Farmer

  • Cultivateur

  • Pawper


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Pearl Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 62,000 census records available for the last name Pearl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pearl 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Pearl. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Pearl. For the veterans among your Pearl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pearl Life Expectancy

What is the average Pearl lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Pearl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Pearl in 1944 was 48, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pearl 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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