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Petre Surname Meaning

English: variant of Peter . Americanized form of German Petri . Swedish (mainly Petré): shortened form of Petraeus a Latinized patronymic from the personal name Per Pär (see Peter ). Slovenian: from an old pet form of the personal name Peter . Romanian: from the personal name Petre a variant of Petru ‘Peter’. French (also Pêtre): variant of Pestre an occupational name for a baker or pastry cook from an agent derivative of Old French pester ‘to knead’. Compare 8 below.7: French: from Petre a regional variant of the personal name Pierre ‘Peter’.8: Altered form of French Pitre a cognate of 6 above.

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

Similar surnames: Pitre, Pere, Petro, Pete, Pero, Petrus, Petru, Petri, Petrea, Petr

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Where is the Petre family from?

You can see how Petre families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Petre family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Petre families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 72 Petre families living in London. This was about 40% of all the recorded Petre's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Petre families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Petre surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Petre ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Gardener (heavy Worker) and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Petre. 20% of Petre men worked as a Gardener (heavy Worker) and 79% of Petre women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Petre were General Labourer and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • Gardener (heavy Worker)
  • Colliery Stone Cutter
  • Colliery Hewer Heavy Worker
  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Railway Clerk
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Petre. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Petre 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Petre. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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

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What is the average Petre lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Petre life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2004, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Petre in 1952 was 47, and 44 in 2004.

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