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Goethals Name Meaning

Flemish: nickname for a kindly person from goed ‘good’ + hals ‘neck’ a cognate of Goodhart presumably resulted from a folketymological reinterpretation of Goedale a metonymic occupational name for a brewer from goed ‘good’ + ale ‘ale’ a cognate of English Goodall .

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

Similar surnames: Korthals, Gothard, Roethle, Kotas, Goethe, Gottwald, Hietala, Goehner

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Where is the Goethals family from?

You can see how Goethals families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goethals family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Goethals families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 6 Goethals families living in California. This was about 86% of all the recorded Goethals's in USA. California had the highest population of Goethals families in 1880.
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What did your Goethals ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Goethals. 40% of Goethals men worked as a Laborer and 38% of Goethals women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goethals were Proprietor and Maid. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Stenographer
  • Maid
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What is the average Goethals lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Goethals life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1994, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Goethals in 1964 was 77, and 86 in 2004.

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