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Malatesta Name Meaning

Italian: nickname for a stubborn, malicious, or treacherous person, from malus (feminine mala) ‘bad’, ‘evil’ + testa ‘head’. In the form Malatestas, this is also found as a Greek name.

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


Similar surnames: Mezzatesta, Matta, Maratea, Latessa, Matarese, Maietta, Martella

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Where is the Malatesta family from?

You can see how Malatesta families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Malatesta family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Malatesta families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 23 Malatesta families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 29% of all the recorded Malatesta's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Malatesta families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Malatesta surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Malatesta ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Malatesta. 17% of Malatesta men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Malatesta women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Malatesta were Clerk and New Worker. .

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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
    17%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
    10%
  • Packer
    10%
  • Sewing
    10%
  • New Worker
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Malatesta. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Malatesta. For the veterans among your Malatesta ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Malatesta lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Malatesta life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Malatesta in 1961 was 57, and 76 in 2004.

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