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Pla Family History

Pla Name Meaning

Catalan: topographic name from pla ‘plain’, ‘plateau’, denoting someone who lived on an area of flat ground, or habitational name from any of the numerous places named Pla, (from Latin planum ‘plain’, ‘plateau’).

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

Similar surnames: Pia, Pola, Plas, Pala, Ola, Ply, Olm, Pyle, Pan, Papa

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Where is the Pla family from?

You can see how Pla families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pla family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1840 and 1920. The most Pla families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Pla families living in Louisiana. This was 100% of all the recorded Pla's in the USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Pla families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pla surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pla ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the US named Pla. 43% of Pla 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
  • Barber
  • Janitor
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Pla. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pla 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Pla. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Pla. For the veterans among your Pla ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pla lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Pla life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Pla in 1954 was 69, and 68 in 2004.

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