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Palla Surname Meaning

Italian: from palla ‘ball’ used as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of cannon balls or as a nickname for a player of ball games or someone with a rotund figure. Italian: from Palla a short form of the personal name Pallade derived from Greek Pallas an alternate name of the goddess Athena. Galician: probably a nickname from palla ‘straw’. Hungarian: from the personal name Pál (see Pal ). Czech Slovak and Polish: variant of Pala and in North America also an altered form of this. Albanian: nickname or metonymic occupational name from pallë (definite form palla) ‘battle sword’.7: Indian (Gujarat): Muslim name of unexplained etymology.8: Indian (Punjab): Sikh name probably from Punjabi pəllā ‘edge of a garment support’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Pallas, Pala, Falla, Pella, Patla, Walla, Palma, Balla, Galla, Halla

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Where is the Palla family from?

You can see how Palla families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Palla family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Palla families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 9 Palla families living in Channel Islands. This was about 50% of all the recorded Palla's in United Kingdom. Channel Islands and 1 other county had the highest population of Palla families in 1891.
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What did your Palla ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Palla. 27% of Palla men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Palla women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Palla were Salesman and Seamstress. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Operator
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
  • Stenographer
  • Saleslady
  • Seamstress
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Palla. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Palla 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 926 immigration records available for the last name Palla. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 670 military records available for the last name Palla. For the veterans among your Palla ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Palla lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Palla life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Palla in 1960 was 59, and 85 in 2004.

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