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Bala Name Meaning

Indian (Gujarat and Bombay city): Parsi name, probably from Persian bala ‘high’, ‘exalted’. Indian (southern states): variant of Balan, particularly among speakers of Tamil and Malayalam who have migrated away from their home state. In India it is only a given name, but it has come to be used as a family name among South Indians in the U.S. Polish: from a reduced form of the personal name Baltazar. Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal name Balázs, a vernacular form of Blasius.

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

Similar surnames: Balan, Bara, Basa, Balas, Bal, Ball, Bali, Sala, Cala, Balla

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Where is the Bala family from?

You can see how Bala families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bala family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Bala families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 4 Bala families living in Arkansas. This was about 25% of all the recorded Bala's in the USA. Arkansas and 1 other state had the highest population of Bala families in 1880.
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What did your Bala ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bala. 55% of Bala men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Bala women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bala were Carpenter and Janitress.

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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
  • Miner
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Waitress
  • New Worker
  • Janitress
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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Bala lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Bala life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Bala in 1942 was 28, and 69 in 2004.

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