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Papalia Name Meaning

Italian and Greek: status name meaning ‘Elias the priest’, from Italian papa ‘priest’, ‘father’ (see Papa) or Greek papas ‘priest’ + the personal name Elia (see Elias).

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

Similar surnames: Papania, Papaleo, Papas, Papazian, Papale, Palla, Palaia, Paglia

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Where is the Papalia family from?

You can see how Papalia families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Papalia family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1911 and 1920. The most Papalia families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 7 Papalia families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Papalia's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Papalia families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Papalia surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Papalia ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Inspector were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Papalia. 74% of Papalia 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
  • Carpenter
  • Labor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Inspector
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Papalia. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Papalia 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Papalia. 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 206 military records available for the last name Papalia. For the veterans among your Papalia ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Papalia lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Papalia life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1985, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Papalia in 1959 was 59, and 76 in 2004.

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