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Varela Surname Meaning

Galician: habitational name from any of the places in Galicia (Spain) named Varela from a diminutive of vara ‘rod stick’. Compare Barela Barella and Varella . Greek: feminine (and possibly also American shortened) form of Varelas .

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

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

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Where is the Varela family from?

You can see how Varela families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Varela family name was found in the USA, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Varela families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there was 1 Varela family living in Midlothian. This was 100% of all the recorded Varela's in Scotland. Midlothian had the highest population of Varela families in 1891.
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What did your Varela ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Varela. 44% of Varela men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Varela women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Varela were Labor and Clerk. .

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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
  • Labrador
  • Truck Driver
  • Labor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • New Worker
  • Operator
  • Clerk
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Varela. 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 2,000 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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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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