Sierra Family History

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Sierra Name Meaning

Spanish and Jewish (Sephardic): habitational name from any of the numerous places named Sierra or La Sierra, from sierra ‘ridge or chain of hills’ (from Latin serra ‘saw’).

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

Similar surnames: Serra, Riera, Sferra, Piedra, Serna, Perra, Cerra, Vieira, Terra

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Sierra Family Origin

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Sierra Family Occupations

What did your Sierra ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Sierra family was Farm Laborer. Laborer, Farmer and Butcher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sierra. The most common Sierra occupation in the USA was Laborer. 31% of Sierra's were Laborers.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Butcher

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Sierra ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Sierra Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Sierra. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sierra census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Sierra. 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 Card

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

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Sierra Life Expectancy

What is the average Sierra lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Sierra life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1957. The average life expectancy for Sierra in 1950 was 38, and 70 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sierra

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sierra ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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