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Perrin Surname Meaning

French and English: from the Old French and Middle English personal name Perrin a pet form of Old French Perre a variant of Pierre French form of Peter . Compare Perine Perrine and Prine .

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


Similar surnames: Perron, Perin, Persin, Herrin, Perris, Merlin, Perrie, Petrin

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Where is the Perrin family from?

You can see how Perrin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Perrin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Perrin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 315 Perrin families living in Ontario. This was about 60% of all the recorded Perrin's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Perrin families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Perrin surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Perrin ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Nurse were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Perrin. 40% of Perrin men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Perrin women worked as a Nurse. Some less common occupations for Americans named Perrin were Farmers Son and Housekeeper. .

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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
    40%
  • Labourer
    11%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Farmers Son
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Nurse
    22%
  • Servant
    18%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
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Census Records

There are 140,000 census records available for the last name Perrin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Perrin 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Perrin. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Perrin. For the veterans among your Perrin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Perrin lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Perrin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Perrin in 1944 was 46, and 76 in 2004.

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