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Purdue Name Meaning

English (Hampshire and Middlesex): variant of Purdy .

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

Similar surnames: Purdie, Purdum, Pardue, Burdge, Purdin, Purse, Perdue, Pardoe, Purtle

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Where is the Purdue family from?

You can see how Purdue families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Purdue family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Purdue families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 6 Purdue families living in British Columbia. This was about 40% of all the recorded Purdue's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Purdue families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Purdue surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Purdue ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Purdue. 67% of Purdue 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
  • Painter
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Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Purdue. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Purdue 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 973 immigration records available for the last name Purdue. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Purdue. For the veterans among your Purdue ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Purdue lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Purdue life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Purdue in 1948 was 18, and 76 in 2004.

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