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Palla Name Meaning

Italian: from palla ‘ball’, a metonymic occupational name for a maker of cannon balls or a nickname for a player of ball games or someone with a rotund figure. Catalan: habitational name from any of several places of this name in Catalonia. Catalan and Galician: also probably a derivative of palla ‘straw’. Hungarian: from the personal name Pál (see Pal). Indian (Gujarat): Muslim name of unknown meaning. Indian (Panjab): Sikh name, probably from Panjabi p?lla ‘edge of a garment’, ‘support’.

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


Similar surnames: Pallas, Pala, Falla, Pella, Patla, Walla, Palma, Balla, Galla, Halla

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Where is the Palla family from?

You can see how Palla families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Palla family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Palla families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 6 Palla families living in Minnesota. This was about 40% of all the recorded Palla's in the USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Palla families in 1880.
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What did your Palla ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Finisher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Palla. 27% of Palla men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Palla women worked as a Finisher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Palla were Shipping Clerk and Seamstress.

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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
    27%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Operator
    10%
  • Shipping Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Finisher
    17%
  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Saleslady
    17%
  • Seamstress
    17%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Palla. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Palla 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 926 immigration records available for the last name Palla. 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 670 military records available for the last name Palla. For the veterans among your Palla ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Palla lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Palla life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Palla in 1960 was 59, and 85 in 2004.

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