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Kara Name Meaning

Indian (Gujarat): Hindu (Bhatia) name of unknown meaning. Polish: nickname from karac ‘to punish’. Czech, Slovak, and Hungarian: from a pet form of a personal name: Czech Karel, Slovak Karol, Hungarian Károly, vernacular forms of Carolus (see Charles). Czech: metonymic occupational name for a carter, from kára ‘hand cart’. Greek: see Caras.

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

Similar surnames: Karas, Kari, Bara, Kata, Karp, Kaba, Kasa, Gara, Mara, Dara

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Where is the Kara family from?

You can see how Kara families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kara family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kara families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 18 Kara families living in Missouri. This was about 67% of all the recorded Kara's in USA. Missouri had the highest population of Kara families in 1880.
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What did your Kara ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kara. 29% of Kara men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Kara women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kara were Painter 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
  • Truck Driver
  • Salesman
  • Painter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Operator
  • Hemstitcher
  • Maid
  • Machine Operator
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Kara. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kara 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kara. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Kara. For the veterans among your Kara ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kara lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Kara life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Kara in 1952 was 54, and 70 in 2004.

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