Padilla Family History

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Padilla Name Meaning

Spanish: habitational name from any of the various minor places, for example in the provinces of Burgos, Guadalajara, and Valladolid, named from Spanish padilla ‘frying pan’, ‘breadpan’ (Latin patella, a diminutive of patina ‘shallow dish’), a word which was commonly used in the topographical sense of a gentle depression.

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

Similar surnames: Badillo, Padula, Patella, Parrilla, Palma, Pilla, Palla, Parola

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Padilla Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Padilla name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Padilla. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • Spain


  • England & Wales


  • Portugal


  • Ireland & Scotland


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Padilla Family Origin

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Padilla Family Occupations

What did your Padilla ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Padilla family was Keeping House. The most common Padilla occupation in the USA was Laborer. 42% of Padilla's were Laborers. Laborer, Farmer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Padilla.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Padilla ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Padilla Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 86,000 census records available for the last name Padilla. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Padilla census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Padilla. 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 Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Padilla. For the veterans among your Padilla ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Padilla Life Expectancy

What is the average Padilla lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Padilla life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1948. The average life expectancy for Padilla in 1940 was 33, and 68 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Padilla ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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