History of your Surname
Get access to Perch family records.Start a free trial

Perch Family History

Perch Name Meaning

Probably an Americanized form of Pertsch, South German form of Bertsch, or possibly an altered spelling of Bavarian Pförtsch, presumably a humorous nickname from Middle High German verz, vorz ‘fart’.

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

Similar surnames: Pech, Ferch, Peach, Lerch, Pesch, Berch, Petch, Karch, Dersch, Horch

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Perch family from?

You can see how Perch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Perch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Perch families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 16 Perch families living in Ontario. This was about 59% of all the recorded Perch's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Perch families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Perch surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Perch ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Trapper and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Perch. 38% of Perch men worked as a Trapper.

View Census data for Perch | Data not to scale

*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 1921

  • Trapper
  • Cultivateur
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Student
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Perch family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Perch. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Perch census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Canadian census records for Perch

Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Perch. 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.

View all Perch immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 666 military records available for the last name Perch. For the veterans among your Perch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Perch military records

You've only scratched the surface of Perch family history.

Discover More

What is the average Perch lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Perch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Perch in 1956 was 55, and 84 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Perch

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Perch family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial