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Wetzel Name Meaning

German: from a pet form of the personal name Werner . Compare Whetsel and Whetzel .

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

Similar surnames: Wenzel, Weitzel, Metzel, Petzel, Netzel, Oetzel, Hetzel, Wentzel

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Where is the Wetzel family from?

You can see how Wetzel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wetzel family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Wetzel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 42 Wetzel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 65% of all the recorded Wetzel's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Wetzel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wetzel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wetzel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wetzel. 15% of Wetzel men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Wetzel women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wetzel 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 59,000 census records available for the last name Wetzel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wetzel 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Wetzel. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Wetzel. For the veterans among your Wetzel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wetzel lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Wetzel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Wetzel in 1942 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

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