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Turkel Family History

Turkel Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name þorkell, a reduced form of Old Norse þórketill, composed of the elements þórr (name of the Scandinavian god of thunder; see Thor) + ketill ‘cauldron’. The personal name Thurkill or Thirkill was in widespread use in England in the Middle Ages; in northern England it was introduced directly by settlers from Scandinavia, whereas in the South it was the result of Norman influence. Jewish (Ashkenazic): unexplained; possibly an ornamental name from Yiddish turkltoyb ‘turtle dove’.

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


Similar surnames: Tucker, Turk, Turner, Turley, Muriel, Tukes, Kunkel, Tuel, Markel

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Where is the Turkel family from?

You can see how Turkel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Turkel family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1891 and 1920. The most Turkel families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 27 Turkel families living in New York. This was about 55% of all the recorded Turkel's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Turkel families in 1920.
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What did your Turkel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Turkel. 23% of Turkel men worked as a Salesman and 27% of Turkel women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Turkel were Lawyer 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

  • Salesman
    23%
  • Manager
    14%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Lawyer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
    27%
  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Bookkeeper
    20%
  • Teacher
    20%
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Passenger Lists

There are 861 immigration records available for the last name Turkel. 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 250 military records available for the last name Turkel. For the veterans among your Turkel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Turkel lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Turkel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Turkel in 1964 was 66, and 81 in 2004.

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