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Madeira Name Meaning

Portuguese: metonymic occupational name for a carpenter, from madeira ‘wood’, ‘timber’ (Late Latin materia, from classical Latin materies ‘material’, ‘substance’). local name from the island of Madeira, which was named with Portuguese madeira ‘timber’ because of the timber that grew there. The island was colonized in the 15th century under the patronage of Prince Henry the Navigator.

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

Similar surnames: Madera, Caldeira, Mader, Mander, Medeiros, Macera, Manera, Maia

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Where is the Madeira family from?

You can see how Madeira families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Madeira family name was found in the USA between 1840 and 1920. The most Madeira families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Madeira families living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Madeira's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Madeira families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Madeira surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Madeira ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Madeira. 43% of Madeira men worked as a Laborer and 23% of Madeira women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Madeira were Farmer and Collar Stitcher.

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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
  • Knitter
  • Clerk
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Packer
  • Operator
  • Collar Stitcher
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What Madeira family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Madeira. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Madeira 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 Madeira. 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 Madeira. For the veterans among your Madeira ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Madeira lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Madeira life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Madeira in 1957 was 49, and 88 in 2004.

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