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Niwa Surname Meaning

Japanese: variously written sometimes with characters used phonetically the most probable meanings are 二羽 ‘two wings’ or 庭 ‘garden’. Two noble families one descended from the Minamoto and the other from the Fujiwara both originated in Owari (now part of Aichi prefecture). The name is not common in Japan and is found mostly along the southeastern seaboard.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Nii, Sawa, Iida, Iwai, Ida, Noya, Niva, Noda, Nida, Nice

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Where is the Niwa family from?

You can see how Niwa families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Niwa family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Niwa families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 5 Niwa families living in Alberta. This was about 63% of all the recorded Niwa's in Canada. Alberta had the highest population of Niwa families in 1911.
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What did your Niwa ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Parts Checker and Assembly Work were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Niwa. 100% of Niwa men worked as a Parts Checker and 50% of Niwa women worked as an Assembly Work. .

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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

  • Parts Checker
    100%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Assembly Work
    50%
  • Grainer
    50%
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Census Records

There are 563 census records available for the last name Niwa. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Niwa census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 734 immigration records available for the last name Niwa. 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 168 military records available for the last name Niwa. For the veterans among your Niwa ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Niwa lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Niwa life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Niwa in 1964 was 73, and 68 in 2004.

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