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Kari Name Meaning

Finnish: habitational name from farms so named or an ornamental name from kari ‘shoal skerry sandbar’ or ‘rocky place in a field’. Established as a hereditary surname (based on farm names) mainly in Ostrobothnia northern and southwestern Finland and Gogland an island in the Gulf of Finland. Adopted largely as an ornamental name in the name-changing campaigns of the early 20th century (compare Laine ). German: from a pet form of the personal name Zacharias . Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal name Károly Hungarian form of Charles . Indian (Maharashtra): Maratha name of unexplained etymology.

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

Similar surnames: Kara, Mari, Sari, Hari, Kai, Karp, Karl, Bari, Baro, Vari

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Where is the Kari family from?

You can see how Kari families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kari family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kari families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 4 Kari families living in Illinois. This was about 67% of all the recorded Kari's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Kari families in 1880.
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What did your Kari ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kari. 36% of Kari men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Kari women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kari were Carpenter 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
  • Farmer
  • Miner
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
  • Cook
  • Bookkeeper
  • Maid
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Passenger Lists

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There are 766 military records available for the last name Kari. For the veterans among your Kari ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kari lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Kari life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kari in 1954 was 53, and 84 in 2004.

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