Balaban Family History

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Balaban Name Meaning

Ukrainian, Belorussian, Romanian, and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from a Russian word meaning ‘hawk’, probably usually applied as a descriptive nickname, although it could also be an occupational name for a falconer. In Ukrainian and Belorussian balaban also means ‘chatterer’. In patronymic form (Balabanov) it is also found as a Russian and Bulgarian surname. Greek: nickname for a big man, from Turkish balaban ‘tame bear’, or a shortened form of some other family name derived from this word, such as Balabanis, Balabanidis, Balabanos, or Balabanopoulos.

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

Similar surnames: Balan, Babin, Laban, Karabin, Allman, Salzman, Barba, Alban, Alsman

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Balaban Family Origin

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Balaban Family Occupations

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In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Balaban. 16% of Balaban men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Balaban women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Balaban were New Worker and Stenographer

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Proprietor
  • New Worker

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
  • Waitress
  • Typist
  • Stenographer

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Balaban Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Balaban. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Balaban 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Balaban. 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 Card

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

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Balaban Life Expectancy

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Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Balaban life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Balaban in 1947 was 47, and 83 in 2004.

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