Basque: habitational name from several places in the provinces of Arava and Biscay called Mendoza, named with Basque mendi ‘mountain’ + otz ‘cold’ + the definite article -a.
You can see how Mendoza families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mendoza family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Mendoza families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 67 Mendoza families living in California. This was about 25% of all the recorded Mendoza's in the USA. California had the highest population of Mendoza families in 1880.
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In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mendoza. 37% of Mendoza men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Mendoza women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mendoza were Labor and Housekeeper.
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There are 127,000 census records available for the last name Mendoza. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mendoza census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.
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There are 54,000 immigration records available for the last name Mendoza. 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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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Mendoza life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Mendoza in 1942 was 33, and 65 in 2004.
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