Cadena Family History

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Cadena Name Meaning

Catalan: metonymic occupational name for a maker of chains or perhaps for a jailer, from Catalan and Spanish cadena ‘chain’ (Latin catena). This form (singular) is rare as a surname in Castile, but frequent in Catalonia; the plural (Cadenas) occurs in both regions but is more frequent in the former.

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

Similar surnames: Cadenas, Catena, Canela, Candela, Cedeno, Avena, Carden, Canepa, Cade

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Cadena Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cadena name?

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

Where is the Cadena family from?

Cadena Family Occupations

What did your Cadena ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Cadena occupation in the USA was Laborer. 34% of Cadena's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Cadena family was Farm Laborer. Laborer, Farmer and Freighter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cadena.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Freighter

  • Farm Laborer


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

Cadena Historical Records

What Cadena family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Cadena. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cadena 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Cadena. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Cadena. For the veterans among your Cadena ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cadena Life Expectancy

What is the average Cadena lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Cadena life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Cadena in 1952 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cadena 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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