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Scala Name Meaning

Italian and Greek (Skalas): habitational or topographic name from any of various places named with scala ‘ladder’, ‘steps’, ‘wharf’. In Greece this is especially common as the name of a settlement by the seashore, often with the main settlement on higher ground above. Elsewhere, especially in Italy, it also denotes a stepped or terraced landscape, as for example Scala in Salerno province, Scala Coeli in Cosenza, or the district so named in Torregrotta, in Messina province, Sicily. Jewish: variant spelling of Skala.

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


Similar surnames: Sala, Scalia, Scali, Cala, Skala, Sava, Sciara, Scola, Calla, Calo

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Where is the Scala family from?

You can see how Scala families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Scala family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Scala families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 14 Scala families living in Illinois. This was about 48% of all the recorded Scala's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Scala families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Scala surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Scala ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Scala. 20% of Scala men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Scala women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Scala were New Worker and Housework.

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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
    20%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Barber
    4%
  • New Worker
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Operator
    17%
  • New Worker
    10%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Housework
    6%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Scala. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Scala 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Scala. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Scala. For the veterans among your Scala ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Scala lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Scala life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Scala in 1946 was 43, and 82 in 2004.

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