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Cal Name Meaning

Spanish: topographic name for someone who lived by an area of limestone, from cal ‘lime(stone)’ (from Late Latin cals, Latin calx). Spanish: variant of Calle. Portuguese: reduced variant of Canal. Polish (Ca{l-}): nickname from an Old Polish variant of ca{l-}y ‘whole’, ‘entire’.

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

Similar surnames: Cap, Cala, Gal, Call, Cail, Cale, Can, Casal, Calk, Car

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Where is the Cal family from?

You can see how Cal families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cal family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cal families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Cal family living in Indiana. This was about 50% of all the recorded Cal's in the USA. Indiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Cal families in 1840.
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What did your Cal ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cal. 39% of Cal men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Cal women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cal were Farm Laborer and Farm Laborer.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farming
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
  • Teacher
  • Farm Laborer
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Census Records

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Cal. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cal 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Cal. 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 62,000 military records available for the last name Cal. For the veterans among your Cal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cal lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Cal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1990, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cal in 1958 was 47, and 92 in 2004.

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