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Santa Name Meaning

Spanish and Portuguese: nickname from santa ‘(female) saint’ or a habitational name from any of various minor places called Santa or a topographic name denoting someone who lived near a sanctuary. Compare Spanish Lasanta . Hungarian (Sánta): descriptive nickname for a disabled person from sánta ‘lame’. Serbian Croatian Slovak Czech and Rusyn (from Vojvodina in Serbia and from Slovakia) (Šanta): from a Slavicized form of the Hungarian vocabulary word sánta ‘lame’ or of the surname Sánta (see 2 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Santo, Sante, Sanda, Sant, Banta, Sanna, Canto, Sang, Santi, Sava

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Where is the Santa family from?

You can see how Santa families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Santa family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Santa families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Santa family living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Santa's in USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Santa families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Santa surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Santa ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Santa. 32% of Santa men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Santa women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Santa were New Worker and Waitress. .

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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
  • Jornalero
  • Proprietor
  • New Worker

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Operator
  • New Worker
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 73,000 census records available for the last name Santa. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Santa 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Santa. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Santa. For the veterans among your Santa ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Santa lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Santa life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Santa in 1949 was 49, and 76 in 2004.

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