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Lara Name Meaning

Spanish: habitational name from a place named Lara de los Infantes in Burgos province.

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

Similar surnames: Lora, Para, Lama, Jara, Lare, Laura, Lata, Lira, Hara, Zara

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Where is the Lara family from?

You can see how Lara families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lara family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lara families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Lara families living in New York. This was about 71% of all the recorded Lara's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Lara families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lara surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lara ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lara. 43% of Lara men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Lara women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lara were Labor and Housewife.

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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
  • Farm Laborer
  • Labor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Laborer
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 50,000 census records available for the last name Lara. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lara 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 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Lara. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Lara. For the veterans among your Lara ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lara lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Lara life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Lara in 1943 was 39, and 69 in 2004.

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