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Baba Name Meaning

Japanese: from a word meaning ‘horse-riding ground’, ‘race track’; a common place name. The surname is found mostly in west central Japan. One Baba family in Kai (now Yamanashi prefecture) were samurai, vassals of the Takeda family. Czech, Slovak, Polish, and Hungarian: from the Slavic word baba ‘old woman’, ‘grandmother’, ‘witch’, hence an unflattering nickname for a man thought to resemble an old woman. In Czech baba can also mean ‘coward’. Hungarian (Bába): habitational name from one of many places called Bába, in Abaúj, Borsod, Somogy, and Vas counties of Hungary, and Közép-Szolnok county, now in Romania. Arabic (Baba): from a diminutive of Abu ‘father’.

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

Similar surnames: Kaba, Babe, Bara, Baca, Baka, Basa, Raba, Gaba, Bata, Babu

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Where is the Baba family from?

You can see how Baba families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Baba family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Baba families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 16 Baba families living in Tennessee. This was about 48% of all the recorded Baba's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Baba families in 1880.
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What did your Baba ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Baba. 19% of Baba men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Baba women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Baba were Proprietor and Housework.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Painter
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
  • Laborer
  • Maid
  • Housework
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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Baba. For the veterans among your Baba ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Baba lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Baba life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Baba in 1953 was 57, and 82 in 2004.

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