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Ayala Name Meaning

Basque: Castilianized form of Aiala habitational or topographic name from ai ‘slope hillside’ + al(h)a ‘pasture’.

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

Similar surnames: Arana, Araya, Sala, Zabala, Fiala, Pala, Avila, Hakala, Scala, Arata

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Where is the Ayala family from?

You can see how Ayala families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ayala family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Ayala families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 95 Ayala families living in California. This was about 89% of all the recorded Ayala's in USA. California had the highest population of Ayala families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ayala surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ayala ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Sirvienta were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ayala. 24% of Ayala men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Ayala women worked as a Sirvienta. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ayala were Agricultor and Cocinera. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Jornalero
  • Labrador
  • Agricultor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Sirvienta
  • Housekeeper
  • Costurera
  • Cocinera
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Census Records

There are 83,000 census records available for the last name Ayala. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ayala 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 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Ayala. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Ayala. For the veterans among your Ayala ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ayala lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Ayala life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ayala in 1942 was 39, and 69 in 2004.

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