History of your Surname
Get access to Pry family records.Start a 14-Day Free Trial

Pry Family History

Pry Surname Meaning

Irish (mainly County Down): variant of Prey . This surname is rare in Britain. Perhaps also an Americanized form of German Prey .

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

Similar surnames: Pray, Ury, Prey, Fry, Opry, Pay, Ary, Ory, May, Brey

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 Pry family from?

You can see how Pry families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pry family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pry families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 4 Pry families living in Ontario. This was about 44% of all the recorded Pry's in Canada. Ontario and 1 other province had the highest population of Pry families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pry surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pry ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pry. 31% of Pry men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Pry women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pry were Carpenter and Waitress. .

View Census Data for Pry | 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.

United States shown, Canada data unavailable

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Farming
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Nurse
  • Waitress
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Pry family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Pry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pry census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Canadian census records for Pry

Passenger Lists

There are 408 immigration records available for the last name Pry. 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 Pry immigration records

Draft Cards

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

View all Pry military records

You've only scratched the surface of Pry family history

Discover More

What is the average Pry lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Pry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Pry in 1957 was 57, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Pry

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Pry family tree

Explore Your Tree

Browse profiles of historical people with the Pry last name

Search for another surname
Enter last name/surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial