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Garcia Family History

Garcia Surname Meaning

Spanish (García) and Portuguese: from a medieval personal name of uncertain origin. It is normally found in medieval records in the Latin form Garsea and may well be of pre-Roman origin perhaps akin to Basque (h)artz ‘bear’. This is the most common surname in Spain and also one of the most common surnames elsewhere in Spanish-speaking world. In the US where it is also found among Native Americans (mainly Pueblos in NM) it is the sixth most frequent surname. Compare De Garcia .

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

Similar surnames: Marcia, Barca, Barcia, Maria, Garces, Marcial, Gaia, Garin, Marcil

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Where is the Garcia family from?

You can see how Garcia families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Garcia family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Garcia families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 24 Garcia families living in Louisiana. This was about 86% of all the recorded Garcia's in USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Garcia families in 1840.
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What did your Garcia ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Garcia. 32% of Garcia men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Garcia women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Garcia were Truck Driver and Seamstress. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Seamstress
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Census Records

There are 867,000 census records available for the last name Garcia. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Garcia 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 463,000 immigration records available for the last name Garcia. 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 98,000 military records available for the last name Garcia. For the veterans among your Garcia ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Garcia lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Garcia life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Garcia in 1942 was 35, and 69 in 2004.

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