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Palma Name Meaning

Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, and southern Italian: habitational name from any of various places named or named with Palma, from Latin palma ‘palm’. Portuguese: habitational name for someone from Parma in Italy.

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


Similar surnames: Palla, Palm, Parma, Pala, Falla, Alma, Parga, Padua, Alm, Spalla

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Where is the Palma family from?

You can see how Palma families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Palma family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Palma families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Palma family living in Vermont. This was 100% of all the recorded Palma's in the USA. Vermont had the highest population of Palma families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Palma surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Palma ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Palma. 22% of Palma men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Palma women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Palma were Salesman and Stenographer.

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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
    22%
  • New Worker
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Operator
    11%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Dressmaker
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Palma. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Palma 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Palma. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Palma. For the veterans among your Palma ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Palma lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Palma life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Palma in 1946 was 32, and 75 in 2004.

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