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Maya Family History

Maya Name Meaning

Spanish (from Basque): habitational name from Maya del Baztán in Navarre province, from Basque Amaiur. Catalan: variant spelling of Maià, habitational name from Maià de Montcal and other places (see Maia)

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

Similar surnames: Maia, Moya, May, Mata, Amaya, Raya, Mars, Noya, Maza, Caya

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Where is the Maya family from?

You can see how Maya families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Maya family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Maya families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Maya family living in Georgia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Maya's in the USA. Georgia and 1 other state had the highest population of Maya families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Maya surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Maya ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Maya. 36% of Maya men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Maya women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Maya were Salesman and Cook.

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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
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Maya. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Maya 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Maya. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Maya. For the veterans among your Maya ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Maya lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Maya life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Maya in 1953 was 50, and 68 in 2004.

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