Arana Family History

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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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Arana Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Arana name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Arana. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • Spain


  • England & Wales


  • Portugal


  • France


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Arana Family Origin

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Arana Family Occupations

What did your Arana ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Barber, Farmer and Hostler were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Arana. A less common occupation for the Arana family was Keeping House. The most common Arana occupation in the USA was Barber. 13% of Arana's were Barbers.

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  • Barber

  • Farmer

  • Hostler

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Arana ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Arana Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Arana. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Arana census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 Card

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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Arana Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Arana ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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