Barela Family History

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Barela Name Meaning

Galician: variant of Galician Varela. Polish (Barela): from Polish baryla ‘barrel’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a cooper.

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

Similar surnames: Varela, Barile, Barna, Balla, Parola, Carel, Canela, Kapela, Bala

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Barela Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Barela name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Barela. 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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Barela Family Origin

Where is the Barela family from?

Barela Family Occupations

What did your Barela ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Barela occupation in the USA was Laborer. 43% of Barela's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Barela family was Farm Laborer. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barela.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Barela Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Barela. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barela 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 923 immigration records available for the last name Barela. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Barela. For the veterans among your Barela ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Barela Life Expectancy

What is the average Barela lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Barela life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Barela in 1944 was 36, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Barela 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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