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Malta Family History

Malta Name Meaning

Southern Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese: habitational name for someone from the Mediterranean island of Malta (Latin Melita, Greek Melite). Dutch: habitational name from a place called Malta, near Zierikzee.

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


Similar surnames: Malia, Palma, Mata, Mallo, Matta, Mula, Marta, Maita, Gaeta, Palla

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Where is the Malta family from?

You can see how Malta families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Malta family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Malta families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Malta family living in Vermont. This was 100% of all the recorded Malta's in the USA. Vermont had the highest population of Malta families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Malta surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Malta ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Machine Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Malta. 57% of Malta men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Malta women worked as a Machine Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Malta were Machine Operator and Seamstress.

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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
    57%
  • Farm Laborer
    11%
  • Barber
    8%
  • Machine Operator
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Machine Operator
    34%
  • Typist
    17%
  • Cook
    17%
  • Seamstress
    17%
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What Malta family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Malta. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Malta 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 842 immigration records available for the last name Malta. 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 Malta. For the veterans among your Malta ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Malta lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Malta life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Malta in 1962 was 68, and 78 in 2004.

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