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Varela Name Meaning

Galician: habitational name from any of the places in Galicia named Varela, from a diminutive of vara ‘rod’, ‘stick’. Greek (Varelas): from Greek varela ‘barrel’, from Italian barella ‘barrel’. Accented on the final syllable, varelás is a metonymic occupational name for a cooper; with the accent on the middle syllable, varélas is a nickname for a large fat man.

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


Similar surnames: Barela, Vara, Carel, Parola, Valla, Vela, Trela, Vanella, Arena

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Varela Family Origin

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Varela Family Occupations

What did your Varela ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Varela family was Keeping House. Farm Laborer, Farmer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Varela. The most common Varela occupation in the USA was Farm Laborer. 39% of Varela's were Farm Laborers.

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  • Farm Laborer

    39%
  • Farmer

    20%
  • Laborer

    19%
  • Keeping House

    6%

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Varela Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Varela. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Varela 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 Varela. 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 Varela. For the veterans among your Varela ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Varela Life Expectancy

What is the average Varela lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Varela life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Varela in 1942 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Varela 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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