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Baba Surname Meaning

Japanese: written 馬場 ‘horse-riding ground race track’. This is a common placename. This surname is found mostly in west central Japan. One Baba family in Kai (now Yamanashi prefecture) were samurai vassals of the Takeda family. Muslim: from Arabic bābā a diminutive of abū ‘father’. Turkish: ornamental name nickname or status name from baba ‘father’ also ‘venerable man’. Hungarian (Bába): habitational name from any of several places called Bába in Abaúj Borsod Somogy and Vas counties of Hungary and Közép-Szolnok County now in Romania. Albanian: nickname or status name from baba or babë (definite form baba) ‘father’ also ‘religious head of a Bektashi congregation’ a word of Turkish origin (see 3 above). Czech Slovak Polish Hungarian Romanian and Sorbian: from the Slavic word baba ‘(old) woman grandmother’ figuratively (for a man) ‘coward’ hence an unflattering nickname for a man thought to resemble an old woman or for a coward. The Sorbian surname is found mainly in a Germanized form Babe . Compare Babik Babinec .7: Spanish: nickname from baba ‘slime’.8: In some cases probably also an American shortened form of Armenian Babaian or Babayan .

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

Similar surnames: Kaba, Babe, Bara, Baca, Baka, Basa, Raba, Gaba, Bata, Babu

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You can see how Baba families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Baba family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Baba families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 9 Baba families living in Berkshire. This was about 60% of all the recorded Baba's in United Kingdom. Berkshire had the highest population of Baba families in 1891.
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What did your Baba ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Baba. 19% of Baba men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Baba women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Baba were Proprietor and Housework. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Painter
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Waitress
  • Maid
  • Housework
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What is the average Baba lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Baba life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Baba in 1953 was 57, and 82 in 2004.

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