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Place Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived in the main market square of a town or village, from Middle English, Old French place (Late Latin platea (via) ‘broad street’, ‘free public open space in a town’). from Middle English, Old French plaise ‘plaice’, ‘flatfish’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or a seller of these fish, or perhaps a nickname for someone thought to resemble a flatfish. topographic name for someone who lived near a quickset fence, from Middle English, Old French pleis (Latin plexum, past participle of plectere ‘to plait or weave’).

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


Similar surnames: Plate, Pace, Lake, Lace, Plack, Clare, Pape, Slack, Pesce, Page

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Where is the Place family from?

You can see how Place families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Place family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Place families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 80 Place families living in Ontario. This was about 55% of all the recorded Place's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Place families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Place surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Place ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Wife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Place. 41% of Place men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Place women worked as a Wife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Place were Laborer 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
    41%
  • Labourer
    22%
  • Carpenter
    11%
  • Laborer
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Wife
    50%
  • Housekeeper
    50%
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Census Records

There are 102,000 census records available for the last name Place. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Place 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Place. 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 208,000 military records available for the last name Place. For the veterans among your Place ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Place lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Place life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Place in 1944 was 25, and 78 in 2004.

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