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Karas Name Meaning

Polish (Karas); Hungarian (Kárász); Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Slovenian (Prekmurje), and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Slavic karas ‘crucian carp’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a carp fisher or possibly a nickname for someone with a fishlike appearance. As a Jewish name it is mainly an ornamental name. Greek: from a nickname meaning ‘black’ (see Caras). Hungarian: topographic name for someone living by the Karas river, a tributary of the river Danube, named with Turkish kara ‘black’ + sug ‘water’. German: from a short form of the personal name Zacharias or of the Greek saint’s name Makarios, meaning ‘blessed one’.

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


Similar surnames: Kara, Maras, Caras, Kares, Karras, Karash, Kaas, Kuras, Kardas, Mars

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Where is the Karas family from?

You can see how Karas families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Karas family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Karas families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 26 Karas families living in Nebraska. This was about 44% of all the recorded Karas's in the USA. Nebraska had the highest population of Karas families in 1880.
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What did your Karas ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Karas. 23% of Karas men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Karas women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Karas were Miner and Maid.

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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%
  • Farmer
    7%
  • Proprietor
    6%
  • Miner
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
    8%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Karas. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Karas. For the veterans among your Karas ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Karas lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Karas life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Karas in 1945 was 64, and 80 in 2004.

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