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Savas Surname Meaning

Greek: from the personal name Sav(v)as Late Greek Sabbas which is most likely of Aramaic origin meaning ‘old man grandfather’ (sāḇā in Aramaic). The name Sābā or Sabbas was borne by several Christian martyrs and saints venerated in the Eastern Church in particular a hermit (439–532) in Palestine prominent in theological debates of his day. Compare Sava and Savvas . Greek: shortened form of any of patronymics derived from the personal name Sav(v)as (see 1 above) e.g. Savopoulos or its variant Savvopoulos and Savvides . Turkish (Savaş): ornamental name or nickname from savaş ‘battle fight’ as a nickname most likely applied to a soldier.

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


Similar surnames: Sava, Sabat, Papas, Sawa, Savin, Ladas, Salvas, Navas, Savasta, Sarah

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Where is the Savas family from?

You can see how Savas families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Savas family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Savas families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 4 Savas families living in London. This was about 80% of all the recorded Savas's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Savas families in 1891.
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What did your Savas ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Cook and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Savas. 16% of Savas men worked as a Cook and 50% of Savas women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Savas were Salesman and Coils (spring). .

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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

  • Cook
    16%
  • Counterman
    14%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
    50%
  • Coils (spring)
    50%
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Passenger Lists

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Draft Cards

There are 538 military records available for the last name Savas. For the veterans among your Savas ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Savas lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Savas life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Savas in 1945 was 45, and 83 in 2004.

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