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Able Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Abel. Probably also an Americanized spelling of the same surname in other languages.

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

Similar surnames: Gable, Eble, Hable, Abee, Cale, Auble, Bale, Bable, Abbe, Wible

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Where is the Able family from?

You can see how Able families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Able family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Able families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 37 Able families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 27% of all the recorded Able's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Able families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Able surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Able ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Able. 22% of Able men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Able women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Able were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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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
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Able. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Able 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Able. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Able. For the veterans among your Able ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Able lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Able life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Able in 1941 was 37, and 76 in 2004.

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