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Avila Name Meaning

Spanish (Ávila): habitational name from Ávila in old Castile. Its name, first recorded in the Latin forms Avela and Abulia, is of unknown derivation and meaning. Portuguese and Galician: from Davila, a topographic name for someone from a town or village, da vila, reinterpreted as d’Avila.

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


Similar surnames: Davila, Vila, Avina, Villa, Vilar, Vela, Abila, Vilas, Aviles, Vida

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Where is the Avila family from?

You can see how Avila families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Avila family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Avila families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 55 Avila families living in California. This was about 38% of all the recorded Avila's in the USA. California had the highest population of Avila families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Avila surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Avila ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Avila. 36% of Avila men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Avila women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Avila were Truck Driver and Laborer.

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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
    36%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Laborer
    9%
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Census Records

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Avila. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Avila 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 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Avila. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Avila. For the veterans among your Avila ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Avila lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Avila life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Avila in 1942 was 37, and 70 in 2004.

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