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Dahl Name Meaning

Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, North German, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from any of the medieval and modern forms of Germanic dala-, Old Norse dalr, ‘valley’. Throughout Norway and elsewhere in Scandinavia this is a common farm name. In some cases it is a habitational name from places in Germany named Dahl or Dahle, from the same word. As a Jewish family name this is a habitational name or an ornamental adoption.

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


Similar surnames: Dal, Wahl, Ahl, Dahle, Dahm, Zahl, Bahl, Fall, Dall, Vahl

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Where is the Dahl family from?

You can see how Dahl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dahl family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dahl families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Dahl families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 67% of all the recorded Dahl's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Dahl families in 1840.
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What did your Dahl ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dahl. 19% of Dahl men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Dahl women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dahl were Salesman 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.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Carpenter
    5%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 102,000 census records available for the last name Dahl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dahl 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 42,000 immigration records available for the last name Dahl. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Dahl. For the veterans among your Dahl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dahl lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Dahl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Dahl in 1944 was 43, and 77 in 2004.

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