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Franca Name Meaning

Portuguese, Spanish, and Catalan: of uncertain derivation. The name is frequent in Catalonia, with the variants de Franca and de la Franca, and seems to refer to a place, perhaps to be interpreted as França, i.e. France. In this case we must also include the Portuguese family name França. On the other hand, Franca could be from the female personal name Franca. Italian: variant (feminine form) of Franco.

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


Similar surnames: Francia, Franco, France, Franc, Branca, Franza, Frana, Rana, Frank

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Where is the Franca family from?

You can see how Franca families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Franca family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Franca families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there was 1 Franca family living in Arizona. This was about 50% of all the recorded Franca's in the USA. Arizona and 1 other state had the highest population of Franca families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Franca surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Franca ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Franca. 49% of Franca men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Franca women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Franca were Labor and Seamstress.

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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
    49%
  • Truck Driver
    15%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Labor
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    50%
  • Seamstress
    50%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Franca. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Franca 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 Franca. 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 204 military records available for the last name Franca. For the veterans among your Franca ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Franca lifespan?

Between 1967 and 2004, in the United States, Franca life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1989, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Franca in 1967 was 74, and 71 in 2004.

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