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Vila Family History

Vila Name Meaning

Catalan: topographic name for somebody who lived in a vila, which in Catalonia denoted a small town or village with certain privileges not common for villages, or habitational name from any of the places called La Vila or Vila. This name is one of the most common names in Catalonia. Catalan: habitational name from (Vilá): variant of Vilar. in some cases possibly also Galician and Portuguese: habitational name from any of the numerous places in Galicia named Vila, from vila ‘(outlying) farmstead’, ‘(dependent) settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Vilar, Vilas, Villa, Avila, Vela, Vina, Vida, Vala, Davila, Pla

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Where is the Vila family from?

You can see how Vila families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Vila family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Vila families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Vila families living in Massachusetts. This was about 50% of all the recorded Vila's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Vila families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Vila surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Vila ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Vila. 24% of Vila men worked as a Laborer and 40% of Vila women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Vila were Waiter and Saleslady.

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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
  • Labrador
  • Truck Driver
  • Waiter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
  • General Housework
  • Helper
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Vila. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vila 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Vila. 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 Vila. For the veterans among your Vila ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Vila lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Vila life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Vila in 1942 was 26, and 72 in 2004.

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