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Salmela Name Meaning

Finnish: topographic or ornamental name from salmi ‘strait’ + the local ending -la. It originated mainly as an ornamental name adopted during the names conversion movement at the end of the 19th century.

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


Similar surnames: Saarela, Salmi, Savela, Sales, Calmes, Balmer, Savel, Hamel, Sauceda

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Salmela Family Origin

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Salmela Family Occupations

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Salmela Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Salmela. For the veterans among your Salmela ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Salmela Life Expectancy

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Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Salmela life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Salmela in 1959 was 45, and 95 in 2004.

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