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Elia Name Meaning

Southern Italian: from the personal name Elia, Italian equivalent of Elias. Basque: habitational name from Elia, a town in Navarre, Basque Country.

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


Similar surnames: Melia, Lia, Celia, Via, Femia, Elias, Alia, Oliva, Eis, Lio

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Where is the Elia family from?

You can see how Elia families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elia family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Elia families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 3 Elia families living in Arkansas. This was about 50% of all the recorded Elia's in the USA. Arkansas had the highest population of Elia families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Elia surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Elia ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Elia. 23% of Elia men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Elia women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elia were Truck Driver and Packer.

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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
    23%
  • Painter
    8%
  • Barber
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    11%
  • Operator
    11%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Packer
    8%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Elia. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elia 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 Elia. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Elia. For the veterans among your Elia ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Elia lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Elia life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Elia in 1946 was 34, and 77 in 2004.

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