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Kaya Name Meaning

Japanese: ‘miscanthus reed’; rare as a surname in Japan. In America the name may be the result of shortening any of several other names beginning with kaya, such as Kayashima, none of which is common by itself. Turkish and Greek: from a personal name based on Turkish kaya ‘rock’, or nickname for a tough or obstinate person.

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


Similar surnames: Kaba, Kay, Kara, Kanda, Kata, Kava, Kala, Haga, Kosa, Kalb

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Where is the Kaya family from?

You can see how Kaya families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kaya family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Kaya families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 4 Kaya families living in Ohio. This was about 40% of all the recorded Kaya's in the USA. Ohio and 1 other state had the highest population of Kaya families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kaya surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kaya ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Proprietor and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kaya. 17% of Kaya men worked as a Proprietor and 39% of Kaya women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kaya were Laborer and Helper.

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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

  • Proprietor
    17%
  • Painter
    10%
  • Carpenter
    10%
  • Laborer
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    39%
  • Maid
    31%
  • Student Nurse
    16%
  • Helper
    16%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Kaya. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kaya 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 Kaya. 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 297 military records available for the last name Kaya. For the veterans among your Kaya ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kaya lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2003, in the United States, Kaya life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Kaya in 1954 was 41, and 72 in 2003.

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