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Oda Name Meaning

Japanese: common place name and surname throughout Japan, meaning ‘small rice paddy’. A less common but more famous Oda name, written with characters meaning ‘woven rice paddy’ (i.e. fields laid out evenly as woven cloth), was borne by the family of the famous conqueror Oda Nobunaga (1534–1582). Their name is taken from two Shinto shrines in Fukui prefecture; so an added meaning would be ‘august rice paddy’, denoting respect shown to a shrine’s property.

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


Similar surnames: Toda, Noda, Ota, Ida, Goda, Soda, Ueda, Oba, Boda, Noya

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Where is the Oda family from?

You can see how Oda families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oda family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Oda families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Oda family living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Oda's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Oda families in 1840.
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What did your Oda ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Oda. 21% of Oda men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Oda women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oda were Proprietor and House Work.

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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
    21%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Proprietor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • House Work
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Oda. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Oda. For the veterans among your Oda ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oda lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Oda life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Oda in 1955 was 54, and 79 in 2004.

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