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Balestra Name Meaning

Italian and southern French: from Italian, Occitan balestra ‘crossbow’ (Latin ballista ‘(military) catapult’), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of crossbows or a soldier armed with a crossbow.

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


Similar surnames: Ballester, Kaleta, Best, Calistro, Maestri, Boonstra, Gaeta, Bertran

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Where is the Balestra family from?

You can see how Balestra families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Balestra family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Balestra families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 4 Balestra families living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Balestra's in USA. New York had the highest population of Balestra families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Balestra surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Balestra ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Balestra. 34% of Balestra men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Balestra women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Balestra were Inspector and Nursery Helper. .

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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
    34%
  • Proprietor
    23%
  • Painter
    12%
  • Inspector
    12%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    34%
  • Stenographer
    34%
  • Nursery Helper
    34%
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Census Records

There are 884 census records available for the last name Balestra. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Balestra 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 778 immigration records available for the last name Balestra. 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 222 military records available for the last name Balestra. For the veterans among your Balestra ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Balestra lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Balestra life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Balestra in 1960 was 34, and 75 in 2004.

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