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Terra Name Meaning

Catalan and Portuguese: habitational name from any of the places called Terra either in Portugal or Catalonia, or topographic name from terra ‘earth’, ‘homeland’ (Latin terra); among immigrants from Madeira, possibly a translation of Dutch Aard.

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


Similar surnames: Serra, Cerra, Terry, Pera, Perna, Ferra, Marra, Perra, Torr, Tena

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Where is the Terra family from?

You can see how Terra families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Terra family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Terra families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 14 Terra families living in California. This was about 33% of all the recorded Terra's in USA. California had the highest population of Terra families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Terra surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Terra ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Terra. 36% of Terra men worked as a Laborer and 27% of Terra women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Terra were Carpenter and Stenographer. .

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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
    36%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Farm Laborer
    8%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Operator
    27%
  • At Home
    11%
  • Cook
    11%
  • Stenographer
    11%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Terra. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Terra 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Terra. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Terra. For the veterans among your Terra ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Terra lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Terra life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Terra in 1954 was 44, and 76 in 2004.

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