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Steel Family History

Steel Name Meaning

English: variant of Steele . Americanized form (translation into English) of German Stahl and Swedish Ståhl or Stål all meaning ‘steel’.

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

Similar surnames: Teel, Stehl, Stell, Seel, Stefl, Stiel, Teer, Keel, Steele, Stoel

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Where is the Steel family from?

You can see how Steel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Steel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Steel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 185 Steel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 18% of all the recorded Steel's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Steel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Steel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Steel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Steel. 20% of Steel men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Steel women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Steel were Truck Driver 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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
  • Maid
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What Steel family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 335,000 census records available for the last name Steel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Steel 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 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Steel. 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 37,000 military records available for the last name Steel. For the veterans among your Steel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Steel lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Steel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Steel in 1942 was 53, and 78 in 2004.

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