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Pal Surname Meaning

Indian (West Bengal) and Bangladeshi: Kayastha name from Sanskrit pāla ‘protector keeper guard herdsman’ (compare gopāla ‘cowherd’) an epithet of the god Krishna and a common personal name. A Pala dynasty that was founded by a certain Gopala in the 8th century ruled in Bengal and Bihar until the 12th century. Hungarian (Pál): from the personal name Pál Hungarian form of Paul . This surname is also found in Slovakia (mainly spelled Pál) and especially in Romania. Slovenian and Croatian: of Hungarian origin (see 2 above) or from a Hungarian-influenced form of the Slovenian and Croatian equivalents of the personal name Paul (Slovenian Pavel Croatian Pavao).

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

Similar surnames: Lal, Pala, Bal, Paul, Pol, Pan, Gal, Palm, Pahl, Pay

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You can see how Pal families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pal family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pal families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 4 Pal families living in Lancashire. This was about 44% of all the recorded Pal's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Pal families in 1891.
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What did your Pal ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Pal. 50% of Pal women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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 Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Service
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Passenger Lists

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Draft Cards

There are 777 military records available for the last name Pal. For the veterans among your Pal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pal lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Pal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Pal in 1964 was 37, and 75 in 2004.

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