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Kara Name Meaning

Turkish: ornamental name or nickname from kara ‘black dark(-complexioned)’. Indian (Gujarat): Bhatia name of unexplained etymology. Czech Slovak and Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal name Czech Karel Slovak Karol Hungarian Károly equivalents of Latin Carolus (see Charles ). Czech and Slovak (Kára): metonymic occupational name for a carter from kára ‘hand cart’. Polish: nickname derived from karać ‘to punish’. American shortened form (and Greek feminine form denoting ‘the daughter or wife of’) of Greek Karas .

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

Similar surnames: Karas, Kari, Bara, Kata, Karp, Kaba, Kasa, Gara, Mara, Dara

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Where is the Kara family from?

You can see how Kara families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kara family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kara families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 9 Kara families living in Manitoba. This was about 53% of all the recorded Kara's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Kara families in 1911.
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What did your Kara ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Kara. 100% of Kara men worked as a Farmer. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Kara lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Kara life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Kara in 1952 was 54, and 70 in 2004.

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