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Canada Name Meaning

Spanish (Cañada): topographic name from cañada ‘glen’, ‘valley’. Possibly also French, from a derivative of Old French chanée, a term denoting a type of elongated pitcher, from Latin canna ‘reed’.

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


Similar surnames: Canal, Canedo, Canas, Camarda, Canosa, Cantara, Canepa, Canela

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Where is the Canada family from?

You can see how Canada families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Canada family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Canada families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 20 Canada families living in Ohio. This was about 15% of all the recorded Canada's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Canada families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Canada surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Canada ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Canada. 25% of Canada men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Canada women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Canada were Farm Laborer 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
    25%
  • Farmer
    24%
  • Farming
    4%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Waitress
    7%
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What Canada family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 51,000 census records available for the last name Canada. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Canada 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 Canada. 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 39,000 military records available for the last name Canada. For the veterans among your Canada ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Canada lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Canada life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Canada in 1948 was 23, and 71 in 2004.

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