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Palo Surname Meaning

Finnish: habitational name from farms so named from palo ‘burnt land field cleared by burning’ often as a shortening of a nearby placename such as Palomäki (with mäki ‘hill’) and Palojärvi (with järvi ‘lake’). Mainly found in western Finland especially in southern Ostrobothnia Tavastia and western Lapland. Italian: habitational name from any of several places so named for instance Palo del Colle in Bari province or Portopalo in Syracuse province Sicily. Italian: possibly a nickname from palo ‘pole’ used to denote a tall and thin person. Slovak (Paľo): from a pet form of the personal name Pavol an equivalent of Paul .

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


Similar surnames: Calo, Pala, Palm, Hall, Salo, Pal, Sale, Rao, Palko, Alo

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Where is the Palo family from?

You can see how Palo families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Palo family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Palo families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 4 Palo families living in Hampshire. This was 100% of all the recorded Palo's in United Kingdom. Hampshire had the highest population of Palo families in 1891.
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What did your Palo ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Palo. 31% of Palo men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Palo women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Palo were Truck Driver and Housework. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    31%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    17%
  • Teacher
    12%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housework
    10%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Palo. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Palo. For the veterans among your Palo ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Palo lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Palo life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Palo in 1947 was 46, and 75 in 2004.

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