Balestra Family History

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Balestra Name Meaning

Italian and southern French: from Italian, Occitan balestra ‘crossbow’ (Latin ballista ‘(military) catapult’), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of crossbows or a soldier armed with a crossbow.

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

Similar surnames: Ballester, Kaleta, Best, Calistro, Maestri, Boonstra, Gaeta, Bertran

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Balestra Family Origin

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Balestra Family Occupations

What did your Balestra ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Balestra occupation in the USA was Tin Smith. 100% of Balestra's were Tin Smiths.

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Balestra Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 884 census records available for the last name Balestra. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Balestra 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 778 immigration records available for the last name Balestra. 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 222 military records available for the last name Balestra. For the veterans among your Balestra ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Balestra Life Expectancy

What is the average Balestra lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Balestra life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Balestra in 1960 was 34, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Balestra

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Balestra 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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