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Kala Family History

Kala Name Meaning

Indian (Andhra Pradesh): Hindu name from Sanskrit kala with several meanings, including ‘art’, ‘skill’, and ‘a part of division of something’. Indian (Panjab): Hindu (Brahman) name of unknown origin. Indian (Kashmir): variant of Kalla. Polish: see Kalis.

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


Similar surnames: Kata, Kalla, Bala, Kara, Kale, Vala, Gala, Cala, Kalas, Lala

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Where is the Kala family from?

You can see how Kala families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kala family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Kala families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Kala family living in Massachusetts. This was about 50% of all the recorded Kala's in the USA. Massachusetts and 1 other state had the highest population of Kala families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kala surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kala ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Packer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kala. 52% of Kala men worked as a Laborer.

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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
    52%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Labor
    8%
  • Farm Laborer
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Packer
    100%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Kala. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kala 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 987 immigration records available for the last name Kala. 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 Kala. For the veterans among your Kala ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kala lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Kala life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Kala in 1962 was 46, and 75 in 2004.

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