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Abarca Name Meaning

formerly most common in the Basque country and in Aragon, this name is generally assumed to be from abarca ‘sandal’ (Basque abarka), which refers to the traditional Basque peasant sandal or moccasin made of uncured leather. In the past this word was also applied to footwear made from wooden materials, and is probably derived from Basque abar ‘branch’, ‘twig’. Some scholars, however, think that abarka is an old topographic term referring to a grove of holm oaks or kermes oaks. habitational name from the village of Abarca in the province of Palencia.

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


Similar surnames: Barca, Bara, Barcia, Barra, Ibarra, Abascal, La Barca, Abar, Barco

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Where is the Abarca family from?

You can see how Abarca families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Abarca family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1891 and 1920. The most Abarca families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there was 1 Abarca family living in Arizona. This was about 6% of all the recorded Abarca's in the USA. Arizona and 14 other states had the highest population of Abarca families in 1920.
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What did your Abarca ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Abarca. 50% of Abarca men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Abarca women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Abarca were Fireman and Saleslady.

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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
    50%
  • Fireman
    50%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    50%
  • Saleslady
    50%
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There are 109 military records available for the last name Abarca. For the veterans among your Abarca ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Abarca lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Abarca life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Abarca in 1942 was 24, and 67 in 2004.

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