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Vala Name Meaning

Portuguese: habitational name from any of the towns in Portugal named Vala or with Vala. Indian (Gujarat): Hindu name of unknown meaning. Italian: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Vela, Vasa, Gala, Pala, Kala, Lala, Sala, Vila, Valla, Vale

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Where is the Vala family from?

You can see how Vala families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Vala family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Vala families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Vala family living in Massachusetts. This was 100% of all the recorded Vala's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Vala families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Vala surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Vala ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Vala. 38% of Vala men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Vala women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Vala were Baker 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
    38%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Baker
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    50%
  • Stenographer
    50%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Vala. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vala 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 743 immigration records available for the last name Vala. 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 447 military records available for the last name Vala. For the veterans among your Vala ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Vala lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Vala life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1987, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Vala in 1963 was 81, and 59 in 2004.

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