Plate Family History

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Plate Name Meaning

German and Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a maker of plate armor, from Middle High German blate, plate, Middle Dutch plate ‘plate’, ‘armor plating’. German: habitational name from a place so named in Mecklenburg. Dutch: from West Flemish plate ‘plaice’, possibly a nickname for someone thought to resemble a flat fish, or a metonymic occupational name for a catcher or seller of these fish.

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

Similar surnames: Place, Platz, Platte, Platt, Pate, Plater, Plank, Plath, Plack, Pape

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Plate Family Origin

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Plate Family Occupations

What did your Plate ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Plate family was Farm Labourer. The most common Plate occupation in the UK was Ag Lab Widow. 10% of Plate's were Ag Lab Widows. Ag Lab Widow, Annuitant and Brewers Clerk were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Plate.

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  • Ag Lab Widow

  • Annuitant

  • Brewers Clerk

  • Farm Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Plate ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Plate Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Plate. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Plate 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Plate. 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 Card

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Plate. For the veterans among your Plate ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Plate Life Expectancy

What is the average Plate lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Plate life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Plate in 1956 was 57, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Plate 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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