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Vara Name Meaning

Galician Asturian-Leonese and Spanish: habitational name from Vara (Galicia) Vara del Rey (Cuenca) or La Vara (Asturias). Compare De la Vara . Portuguese and Spanish: from vara ‘rod stick yardstick’ (from Late Latin vara ‘forked stick’) applied as a nickname or a metonymic occupational name in any of various possible senses; it may have been given to a keeper of animals who used a stick to urge his charges on or to an official who was responsible for checking weights and measures or who carried a rod as a symbol of his office. Italian (Sicily): either of Spanish origin (see 2 above) or alternatively a nickname or a metonymic occupational name from Sicilian vara ‘large board decorated with images of saints used for processions’ also ‘coffin’.

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

Similar surnames: Vaca, Para, Kara, Vera, Bara, Jara, Carda, Vargas, Vari, Varas

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Where is the Vara family from?

You can see how Vara families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Vara family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Vara families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 3 Vara families living in Alberta. This was about 33% of all the recorded Vara's in Canada. Alberta and 1 other province had the highest population of Vara families in 1911.
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What did your Vara ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Vara. 33% of Vara men worked as a Laborer and 42% of Vara women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Vara were Farmer and Teacher. .

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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
  • Truck Driver
  • Barber
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • New Worker
  • Operator
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Vara lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Vara life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Vara in 1958 was 61, and 71 in 2004.

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