Italian, Spanish (Santa María), and Catalan (alongside the variants Santamaria in Italian and Catalan, and Santamaría in Spanish): habitational name from any of numerous places so named for the dedication of their churches to the Virgin Mary (or to some other St. Mary), of which there are over 150 examples in Italy alone. in some cases, possibly from a personal name of the same derivation. name often adopted by Catalan and Spanish Sephardic Jews who converted to Catholicism, often under duress, in the 14th and 15th centuries.


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You can see how Santa Maria families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Santa Maria family name was found in the USA between 1880 and 1920. The most Santa Maria families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 5 Santa Maria families living in California. This was about 83% of all the recorded Santa Maria's in the USA. California had the highest population of Santa Maria families in 1880.

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

In 1940, Laborer and Machine Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Santa Maria. 38% of Santa Maria men worked as a Laborer and 60% of Santa Maria women worked as a Machine Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Santa Maria were Truck Driver and Saleslady.

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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Santa Maria. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria. 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 590 military records available for the last name Santa Maria. For the veterans among your Santa Maria ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Santa Maria life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Santa Maria in 1964 was 71, and 80 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Santa Maria 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.