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Amaya Name Meaning

Spanish: habitational name, from the name of a mountain and an ancient city in the province of Burgos, probably derived from Basque amai ‘end’ + the article suffix -a. Japanese: usually written with characters meaning ‘heavenly valley’. It is pronounced Amaya or Amagai in eastern Japan and Amatani in western Japan.

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


Similar surnames: Araya, Anaya, Maya, Arata, Kamiya, Arana, Amari, Amaral, Maza, Amano

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Where is the Amaya family from?

You can see how Amaya families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Amaya family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Amaya families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 19 Amaya families living in California. This was about 58% of all the recorded Amaya's in the USA. California had the highest population of Amaya families in 1880.
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What did your Amaya ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Amaya. 49% of Amaya men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Amaya women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Amaya were Clerk and New Worker.

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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
    49%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
    20%
  • Housewife
    14%
  • Maid
    14%
  • New Worker
    12%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Amaya. 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 885 military records available for the last name Amaya. For the veterans among your Amaya ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Amaya lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Amaya life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Amaya in 1944 was 40, and 71 in 2004.

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