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Perl Family History

Perl Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Perel. German: habitational name from any of several places named Perl, Berel, or Berl. German: metonymic occupational name for a jeweler, from Middle High German perle ‘pearl’. German (Austria): from a pet form of Bernhard.

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


Similar surnames: Pell, Berl, Peil, Perel, Pearl, Pehl, Peel, Pero, Perk, Pera

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Where is the Perl family from?

You can see how Perl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Perl family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Perl families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 15 Perl families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Perl's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Perl families in 1911.
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What did your Perl ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Perl. 50% of Perl men worked as a Farmer.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    50%
  • Labourer
    30%
  • Fisherman
    20%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Perl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Perl 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Perl. 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 Cards

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

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What is the average Perl lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Perl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Perl in 1947 was 45, and 84 in 2004.

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