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Cantara Family History

Cantara Name Meaning

Italian (Sardinia): variant of Cantaro from cantaro ‘night pot’ presumably applied as a derogatory nickname. This surname is also found in Corsica.

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

Similar surnames: Camara, Cannata, Canada, Canal, Cantore, Canter, Fanara, Santana

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Where is the Cantara family from?

You can see how Cantara families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cantara family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Cantara families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 12 Cantara families living in Massachusetts. This was about 75% of all the recorded Cantara's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Cantara families in 1880.
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What did your Cantara ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Cloth Inspector were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cantara. 38% of Cantara men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Cantara women worked as a Cloth Inspector. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cantara were Clerk and Housework. .

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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
  • Truck Driver
  • Slasher Tender
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Cloth Inspector
  • Waitress
  • Winder
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Cantara. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cantara 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 294 immigration records available for the last name Cantara. 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 628 military records available for the last name Cantara. For the veterans among your Cantara ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cantara lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Cantara life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Cantara in 1951 was 49, and 86 in 2004.

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