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Zabala Name Meaning

Basque: habitational name from any of various places in Biscay and Araba named Zabala, from Basque zabal ‘large’, ‘broad’ + the definite article -a. In some cases the surname may have arisen as a nickname from the same word.

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


Similar surnames: Zabawa, Zawada, Sabala, Cabana, Zavala, Zavada, Ayala, Zapata, Hatala

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Where is the Zabala family from?

You can see how Zabala families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Zabala family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1891 and 1920. The most Zabala families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 13 Zabala families living in California. This was about 21% of all the recorded Zabala's in the USA. California had the highest population of Zabala families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Zabala surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Zabala ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Zabala. 60% of Zabala men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Zabala women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Zabala were Labrador and Laundress.

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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
    60%
  • Farm Laborer
    6%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Labrador
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    24%
  • Salesman
    16%
  • Housemaid
    16%
  • Laundress
    16%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Zabala. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zabala 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Zabala. 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 561 military records available for the last name Zabala. For the veterans among your Zabala ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Zabala lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Zabala life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1963, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Zabala in 1952 was 67, and 70 in 2004.

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