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Calais Surname Meaning

French: habitational name from the port of Calais or from a minor place of the same name in Sarthe.

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

Similar surnames: Callis, Valois, Cassis, Fallis, Cales, Callais, Calame, Canas, Palaia

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Where is the Calais family from?

You can see how Calais families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Calais family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Calais families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there was 1 Calais family living in Channel Islands. This was about 33% of all the recorded Calais's in United Kingdom. Channel Islands and 2 other counties had the highest population of Calais families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Calais surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Calais ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Calais. 40% of Calais men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Calais women worked as a 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Crop Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Calais. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Calais 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 299 immigration records available for the last name Calais. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, 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 Calais. For the veterans among your Calais ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Calais lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Calais life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Calais in 1959 was 34, and 77 in 2004.

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