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Pech Surname Meaning

Czech and Slovak; Sorbian (Pěch and P'ech): from a pet form of the personal name Petr (Czech) Pětš (Lower Sorbian) and Peter (Slovak). This is also a Germanized form of the Upper Sorbian cognate Pjech. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German pech (German Pech) ‘pitch tar’ presumably a nickname for someone with exceptionally dark skin or hair or a metonymic occupational name for someone who prepared sold or used pitch. This may in part also be the origin of a homonymic Polish Czech and Slovak surname (compare above and below). Jewish (Ashkenazic) Polish Czech and Slovak: nickname from German Pech or from the West Slavic loanword pech ‘bad luck’. Such is a figurative sense of words with the original meaning ‘pitch tar’ in some Slavic languages too (compare Smola ). Catalan: nickname from a variant of pec ‘simple naive’. Amerindian (Mexico Guatemala and Belize): Mayan name from pech ‘tick’ (a mite) and possibly also from a homonymous word meaning ‘bastard’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Peck, Bech, Mech, Pach, Pich, Cech, Lech, Rech, Pesch, Perch

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You can see how Pech families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pech family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pech families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 20 Pech families living in Ontario. This was about 91% of all the recorded Pech's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Pech families in 1911.
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What did your Pech ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Pech. 43% of Pech men worked as a Farmer. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    43%
  • Labourer
    29%
  • Salesman
    29%
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Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Pech life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Pech in 1951 was 47, and 84 in 2004.

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