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Car Name Meaning

Croatian, Serbian, and eastern Slovenian: ironic nickname for an autocratic person, from car ‘tsar’. Slovenian (Car): see Char. Perhaps also French: metonymic occupational name for cartwright or carter, from char ‘wagon’, ‘cart’ (Latin carrus).

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


Similar surnames: Char, Cap, Carp, Cart, Caro, Card, Kar, Mar, Cyr, Can

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Where is the Car family from?

You can see how Car families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Car family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Car families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Car families living in Tennessee. This was about 18% of all the recorded Car's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Car families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Car surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Car ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Car. 30% of Car men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Car women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Car were Farming and Cook.

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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
    30%
  • Farmer
    26%
  • Farm Laborer
    6%
  • Farming
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • New Worker
    10%
  • Farm Laborer
    10%
  • Cook
    10%
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Census Records

There are 39,000 census records available for the last name Car. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Car 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Car. 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 32,000 military records available for the last name Car. For the veterans among your Car ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Car lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2003, in the United States, Car life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1996, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Car in 1959 was 54, and 67 in 2003.

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