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Valencia Name Meaning

Catalan (València) and Spanish: habitational name from any of various places called València or Valencia, principally the major city in eastern Spain, which was formerly the capital of an independent Moorish kingdom of the same name, until it was reconquered in 1239 by James I, king of the Catalan dynasty, and became part of the Crown of Aragon together with the Principality of Catalonia and the Kingdom of Aragon. The city was apparently named from an honorary title derived from Latin valens ‘brave’.

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

Similar surnames: Palencia, Valenza, Valenciano, Valenti, Valentin, Valencic, Valerio

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Where is the Valencia family from?

You can see how Valencia families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Valencia family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Valencia families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 281 Valencia families living in New Mexico. This was about 49% of all the recorded Valencia's in the USA. New Mexico had the highest population of Valencia families in 1880.
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What did your Valencia ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Valencia. 43% of Valencia men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Valencia women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Valencia were Farm Laborer 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
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Valencia. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Valencia 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Valencia. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Valencia. For the veterans among your Valencia ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Valencia lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Valencia life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Valencia in 1942 was 29, and 65 in 2004.

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