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Cardoso Family History

Cardoso Name Meaning

Portuguese Galician and Spanish: habitational name from any of numerous places with this name from cardo ‘thistle’ + the suffix -oso denoting a place rich in this plant. Jewish (Sephardic): adoption of the Iberian surname (see 1 above) at the moment of conversion to Roman Catholicism. After the return to Judaism (generations later) some descendants retained the name their families used as Catholics.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Cardosa, Cardosi, Cardozo, Cardo, Barros, Baros, Cardona, Ceraso

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Where is the Cardoso family from?

You can see how Cardoso families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cardoso family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Cardoso families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 4 Cardoso families living in California. This was 100% of all the recorded Cardoso's in USA. California had the highest population of Cardoso families in 1880.
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What did your Cardoso ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Dress Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cardoso. 60% of Cardoso men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Cardoso women worked as a Dress Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cardoso were Labor and Machine Operator. .

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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
  • Cigar Maker
  • Labor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Dress Operator
  • Cigar Roller
  • Machine Operator
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Cardoso. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cardoso 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Cardoso. 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 384 military records available for the last name Cardoso. For the veterans among your Cardoso ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cardoso lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Cardoso life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Cardoso in 1961 was 53, and 65 in 2004.

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