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Pala Family History

Pala Name Meaning

Italian: topographic name from pala ‘upland meadow’. Catalan: generally a habitational name from a place called Palà, in Barcelona province. Catalan: possibly a metonymic occupational from pala ‘shovel’ (Latin pala). Polish (also Pala): from a vernacular form of the personal name Pawel, Polish form of Paul. Czech: nickname for an obstinate person, from Moravian dialect pala ‘head’. Hawaian: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Sala, Papa, Palla, Cala, Palm, Pal, Pola, Paola, Bala, Palo

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Where is the Pala family from?

You can see how Pala families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pala family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Pala families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there was 1 Pala family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Pala's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Pala families in 1880.
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What did your Pala ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Typist were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pala. 34% of Pala men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Pala women worked as a Typist. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pala were Machinist and Salesman.

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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
    34%
  • New Worker
    10%
  • Miner
    10%
  • Machinist
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Typist
    50%
  • Salesman
    50%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Pala. 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 Pala. For the veterans among your Pala ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pala lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Pala life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2001, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Pala in 1957 was 79, and 82 in 2004.

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