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Arana Name Meaning

Basque: topographic name from aran ‘valley’ + the Basque definite article -a. The name in the U.S. may have absorbed some instances of Araña, from Spanish araña ‘spider’, a nickname for a weaver or for an industrious or opportunistic person.

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

Similar surnames: Araya, Rana, Arata, Aranda, Rada, Aldana, Grana, Arena, Rann, Piana

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Where is the Arana family from?

You can see how Arana families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Arana family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Arana families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 34 Arana families living in California. This was about 83% of all the recorded Arana's in the USA. California had the highest population of Arana families in 1880.
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What did your Arana ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bordadora were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Arana. 43% of Arana men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Arana women worked as a Bordadora. Some less common occupations for Americans named Arana were Clerk and Cook.

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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
  • Painter
  • Truck Driver
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bordadora
  • Cook
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Arana. 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 456 military records available for the last name Arana. For the veterans among your Arana ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Arana lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Arana life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Arana in 1956 was 41, and 80 in 2004.

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