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Tara Name Meaning

Polish: nickname from dialect tarac sie ‘to roll or welter’. Indian (Panjab): Sikh name, probably from Panjabi tara ‘star’ (Sanskrit taraka). It is based on the name of a Jat tribe.

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

Similar surnames: Tata, Dara, Kara, Hora, Bara, Taran, Vara, Zara, Para, Kalra

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Where is the Tara family from?

You can see how Tara families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tara family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Tara families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 13 Tara families living in Durham. This was 100% of all the recorded Tara's in the UK. Durham had the highest population of Tara families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tara surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tara ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the US named Tara. 30% of Tara men worked as a Laborer.

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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
  • Farmer
  • New Worker
  • Butcher
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Tara. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tara 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 824 immigration records available for the last name Tara. 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 Tara. For the veterans among your Tara ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tara lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2003, in the United States, Tara life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Tara in 1964 was 66, and 82 in 2003.

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