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Noel Name Meaning

French and Walloon (Noël); English: from the Old French personal name Noël Middle English Noel from Old French no(u)el ‘Christmas’ (from Latin natalis (dies) ‘birthday’) used for someone born during the Christmas period. Alternatively a nickname for someone who had some special connection with the Christmas season such as owing the particular feudal duty of providing a yule-log to the lord of the manor or having given a memorable performance as the Lord of Misrule. This surname is also found in the Flemish part of Belgium. Compare Christmas and Newell . English: sometimes a post-medieval variant of Knowle and Knoll (see Knowles ). The loss of /k/ before /n/ is known in everyday speech by the 17th century and may have been earlier.

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


Similar surnames: Noe, Joel, Poel, New, Engel, Noll, Noah, Coe, Noell, Worl

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Where is the Noel family from?

You can see how Noel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Noel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Noel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 49 Noel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 23% of all the recorded Noel's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Noel families in 1840.
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What did your Noel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Noel. 17% of Noel men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Noel women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Noel were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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
    17%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    5%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Noel. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Noel. For the veterans among your Noel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Noel lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Noel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Noel in 1941 was 48, and 72 in 2004.

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