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Palaia Family History

Palaia Name Meaning

Italian: apparently a habitational name from Palaia in Pisa province (Tuscany). However, the family name occurs chiefly in Calabria, suggesting perhaps that another source may be involved.

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

Similar surnames: Plaia, Malara, Pala, Lalama, Palace, Salata, Palla, Palma, Palagi

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Where is the Palaia family from?

You can see how Palaia families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Palaia family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1911 and 1920. The most Palaia families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 7 Palaia families living in New Jersey. This was about 33% of all the recorded Palaia's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Palaia families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Palaia surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Palaia ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Nurse were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Palaia. 37% of Palaia men worked as a Laborer.

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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
  • Merchant
  • Tailor
  • Presser

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Nurse
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Census Records

There are 455 census records available for the last name Palaia. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Palaia 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 353 immigration records available for the last name Palaia. 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 179 military records available for the last name Palaia. For the veterans among your Palaia ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Palaia lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Palaia life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1998, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Palaia in 1964 was 79, and 83 in 2004.

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