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Caruso Name Meaning

Italian: nickname from caruso ‘close-cropped’ (from Latin cariosus ‘decayed’ also ‘smooth bald’). This word was also used in the more general sense ‘boy lad’ since in the Middle Ages young men of fashion sometimes wore their hair much shorter than was the prevailing style. In the Girgenti area of Sicily the term was a metonymic occupational name for a worker in the sulfur pits since such workers were required to wear their hair short.

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


Similar surnames: Cardo, Carro, Carbo, Jacaruso, Carpio, Caro, Camuso, Carosi, Caso

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Where is the Caruso family from?

You can see how Caruso families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Caruso family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Caruso families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 3 Caruso families living in North Carolina. This was about 23% of all the recorded Caruso's in USA. North Carolina and 2 other states had the highest population of Caruso families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Caruso surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Caruso ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Caruso. 21% of Caruso men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Caruso women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Caruso were Truck Driver and Machine Operator. .

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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
    21%
  • Clerk
    5%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Operator
    10%
  • New Worker
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Machine Operator
    5%
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Census Records

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Caruso. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Caruso 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Caruso. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Caruso. For the veterans among your Caruso ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Caruso lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Caruso life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Caruso in 1941 was 37, and 76 in 2004.

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