Taira Family History

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Taira Name Meaning

Japanese: ‘peace’. Together with the Fujiwara and Minamoto, this is one of the most prominent clans in Japanese history. It is listed in the Shinsen shojiroku. The name appears to have been taken from Taira no Miyako (‘Capital of Peace’), an ancient name for the city of Kyoto, and was created in 825 by the ex-Emperor Kanmu when his son Takamune (804–867) became a commoner. Later emperors bestowed the name on some of their children, so the various branches of the clan were distinguished by the names of their parent-emperors. The Taira are also commonly called Heike or Heishi, from the Sino-Japanese pronunciation of taira plus the words for family or clan

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Hara, Tara, Taras, Maire, Kalra, Maia, Tahara, Tata, Barra, Batra

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Taira Family Origin

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Taira Family Occupations

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In 1940, Laborer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Taira. 24% of Taira men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Taira women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Taira were Helper and Housekeeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Proprietor
  • Helper

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Cook
  • Helper
  • House Keeper
  • Housekeeper

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Taira Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 943 census records available for the last name Taira. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Taira census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 459 military records available for the last name Taira. For the veterans among your Taira ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Taira Life Expectancy

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Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Taira life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Taira in 1957 was 34, and 75 in 2004.

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