Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, and Galician: from parra ‘vine bower’, ‘trellis’, a topographic name or a habitational name from any of the places named with this word.


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You can see how Parra families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Parra family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Parra families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Parra family living in Louisiana. This was 100% of all the recorded Parra's in the USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Parra families in 1840.

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Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Parra surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Parra. 35% of Parra men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Parra women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Parra were Truck Driver and Laundress.

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Census Records

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Parra. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Parra 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Parra. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Parra. For the veterans among your Parra ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Parra life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1955. The average life expectancy for Parra in 1943 was 23, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Parra ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.