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Sawa Family History

Sawa Name Meaning

Japanese (mostly found in eastern Japan): meaning ‘swamp’, it is sometimes written with characters used phonetically. A few bearers have samurai connections. The name is not very common in Japan, but is a very common element in many other names; so some instances in America could have been shortened from names either beginning or ending with sawa. Polish: from the personal name Sawa, from Greek Sabbas (see Savas).

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


Similar surnames: Sada, Sava, Sama, Haga, Sano, Sawada, Saba, Sala, Sawka, Osada

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Where is the Sawa family from?

You can see how Sawa families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sawa family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Sawa families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there was 1 Sawa family living in Maryland. This was 100% of all the recorded Sawa's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Sawa families in 1880.
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What did your Sawa ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sawa. 37% of Sawa men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Sawa women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sawa were Salesman and Office Clerk.

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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
    37%
  • Carpenter
    11%
  • Truck Driver
    11%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
    16%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Machine Operator
    11%
  • Office Clerk
    11%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Sawa. 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 345 military records available for the last name Sawa. For the veterans among your Sawa ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sawa lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Sawa life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Sawa in 1954 was 48, and 47 in 2004.

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