Prieto Family History

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Prieto Name Meaning

Spanish: nickname for a dark-haired or dark-skinned man, from Old Spanish prieto ‘dark’, ‘black’. The adjective derives from the verb apretar ‘to squeeze or compress’, a metathesized form of apetrar, Late Latin appectorare ‘to hold close to the chest’ (from pectus, genitive pectoris, ‘chest’). The use as a color term seems to have derived originally from its application to rain clouds and fog.

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

Similar surnames: Pinto, Nieto, Primo, Priest, Prete, Priolo, Prieur, Prisco, Privett

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Prieto Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Prieto name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Prieto. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • Spain


  • Portugal


  • England & Wales


  • France


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Prieto Family Origin

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Prieto Family Occupations

What did your Prieto ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Prieto family was Freighter. Cigar Maker, Farmer and Fisherman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Prieto. The most common Prieto occupation in the USA was Cigar Maker. 20% of Prieto's were Cigar Makers.

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  • Cigar Maker

  • Farmer

  • Fisherman

  • Freighter


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Prieto Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Prieto. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Prieto census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Prieto. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Prieto. For the veterans among your Prieto ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Prieto Life Expectancy

What is the average Prieto lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Prieto life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Prieto in 1949 was 41, and 66 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Prieto ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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