Cal Name Meaning

Spanish: topographic name for someone who lived by an area of limestone, from cal ‘lime(stone)’ (from Late Latin cals, Latin calx). Spanish: variant of Calle. Portuguese: reduced variant of Canal. Polish (Ca{l-}): nickname from an Old Polish variant of ca{l-}y ‘whole’, ‘entire’.

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


Similar surnames: Cap, Cala, Gal, Call, Cail, Cale, Can, Casal, Calk, Car

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Cal Family Origin

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Cal Family Occupations

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In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cal. 39% of Cal men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Cal women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cal were Farm Laborer and Farm Laborer

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    39%
  • Laborer
    31%
  • Farming
    11%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    17%
  • Cook
    17%
  • Teacher
    13%
  • Farm Laborer
    13%

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

Cal Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 62,000 military records available for the last name Cal. For the veterans among your Cal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cal Life Expectancy

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Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Cal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1990, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cal in 1958 was 47, and 92 in 2004.

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