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Karas Surname Meaning

Polish (Karaś) and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic; also Karaś); Ukrainian Belorussian Czech Slovak Croatian Slovenian and Sorbian: from Polish karaś other Slavic karas ‘crucian carp (Carassius vulgaris)’ hence a metonymic occupational name for a carp fisher or possibly a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish. As a Jewish name it is mainly artificial. Compare Caras Karasch and Karras . Hungarian: topographic name for someone living by the Karas river a tributary of the Danube named with Turkish kara ‘black’. Americanized form of Hungarian Kárász a cognate of 1 above. Greek: nickname for a dark-haired or gloomy individual from karas ‘black dark’ (and by extension ‘moody’) from Turkish kara ‘black’. It can also be a shortened form of any of numerous compound surnames such as Karageorgiou (patronymic from a nickname meaning ‘Black George’) and Karagiannis ‘Black John’. Compare Caras Kara and Karras . German: from a short form of the personal name Zacharias or of Greek Makarios ‘blessed’ a Christian saint's name.

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

Similar surnames: Kara, Maras, Caras, Kares, Karras, Karash, Kaas, Kuras, Kardas, Mars

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Where is the Karas family from?

You can see how Karas families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Karas family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Karas families were found in USA in 1920. In 1841 there was 1 Karas family living in Fife. This was 100% of all the recorded Karas's in Scotland. Fife had the highest population of Karas families in 1841.
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What did your Karas ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Karas. 23% of Karas men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Karas women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Karas were Miner and 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Proprietor
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • New Worker
  • Waitress
  • Maid
  • Clerk
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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Karas. For the veterans among your Karas ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Karas lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Karas life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Karas in 1945 was 64, and 80 in 2004.

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