Spanish: habitational name from any of the numerous places named Vega or La Vega, from vega ‘meadow’ (of pre-Roman origin, probably originally denoting irrigated land).


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You can see how Vega families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Vega family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Vega families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 83 Vega families living in Texas. This was about 34% of all the recorded Vega's in the USA. Texas had the highest population of Vega families in 1880.

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

In 1940, Laborer and Costurera were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Vega. 22% of Vega men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Vega women worked as a Costurera. Some less common occupations for Americans named Vega were Agricultor and Bordadora.

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Census Records

There are 149,000 census records available for the last name Vega. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vega 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 52,000 immigration records available for the last name Vega. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Vega. For the veterans among your Vega ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Vega life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Vega in 1944 was 38, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Vega 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.