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Para Name Meaning

Polish: nickname for a vigorous person, from para ‘breath’. Spanish and Asturian-Leonese: habitational name from either of the places called Para, in Asturies and Burgos province.

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


Similar surnames: Pala, Vara, Bara, Lara, Pera, Paras, Jara, Parra, Papa, Parga

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Where is the Para family from?

You can see how Para families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Para family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Para families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 20 Para families living in Quebec. This was about 71% of all the recorded Para's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Para families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Para surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Para ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Para. 38% of Para men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Para women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Para were Salesman and Maid.

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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

  • Laborer
    38%
  • New Worker
    7%
  • Miner
    6%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Housework
    10%
  • Waitress
    10%
  • Maid
    10%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Para. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Para 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Para. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Para. For the veterans among your Para ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Para lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Para life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Para in 1948 was 42, and 77 in 2004.

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