Spanish and Portuguese: habitational name from Vargas in Santander province, or a topographic name from vargas, plural of varga, a dialect term used in various senses: ‘(thatched) hut’, ‘steep slope’, or ‘fenced pastureland which becomes waterlogged in winter’.


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

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

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Vargas. 33% of Vargas men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Vargas women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Vargas were Jornalero and Seamstress.

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Census Records

There are 121,000 census records available for the last name Vargas. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vargas 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 42,000 immigration records available for the last name Vargas. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Vargas. For the veterans among your Vargas ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Vargas life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Vargas in 1950 was 45, and 68 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Vargas 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.