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Vilas Family History

Vilas Name Meaning

Catalan (Vilàs): variant of Vilars, from the plural of vilar, a derivative of vila ‘farmstead’, ‘village’. Catalan: in some cases also variant of Viles, from the plural form of vila ‘(outlying) farmstead’, ‘(dependent) settlement’ (see Vila 1). in some cases also Galician: habitational name from any of the various places in Galicia named Vilas, from the plural of vila ‘(outlying) farmstead’, ‘(dependent) settlement’. Czech: from a pet form of the personal name Vilém, Czech form of Wilhelm (see William).

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


Similar surnames: Vila, Vilar, Vinas, Vales, Milas, Silas, Villa, Ribas, Valis, Filas

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Where is the Vilas family from?

You can see how Vilas families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Vilas family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Vilas families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Vilas families living in New York. This was about 75% of all the recorded Vilas's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Vilas families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Vilas surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Vilas ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Vilas. 22% of Vilas men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Vilas women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Vilas were Clerk and Waitress.

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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

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Clerk
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    34%
  • Secretary
    34%
  • Waitress
    34%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Vilas. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vilas 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 Vilas. 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 680 military records available for the last name Vilas. For the veterans among your Vilas ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Vilas lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2003, in the United States, Vilas life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Vilas in 1963 was 79, and 84 in 2003.

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