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Cala Name Meaning

Spanish and southern Italian (Sicily): habitational name from any of numerous minor places in eastern and southern Spain, and one in Sicily, called Cala, from a proto-Romance word cala ‘bay’, ‘cove’. Southern Italian: nickname from medieval Greek kalas ‘good’, ‘beautiful’ (ancient Greek kalos). Czech (Cála): from a reduced form of an unidentified personal name beginning with Ca-. Polish (Ca{l-}a): variant of Ca{l-} (see Cal).

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


Similar surnames: Calo, Sala, Cali, Pala, Casa, Bala, Cal, Cava, Calia, Scala

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Where is the Cala family from?

You can see how Cala families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cala family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cala families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Cala family living in Kentucky. This was 100% of all the recorded Cala's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Cala families in 1840.
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What did your Cala ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cala. 38% of Cala men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Cala women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cala were Clerk and Waitress.

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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
    38%
  • New Worker
    11%
  • Truck Driver
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    14%
  • Housewife
    14%
  • Clerk
    14%
  • Waitress
    14%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Cala. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cala 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Cala. 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 720 military records available for the last name Cala. For the veterans among your Cala ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cala lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Cala life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Cala in 1963 was 75, and 77 in 2004.

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