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Adel Family History

Adel Name Meaning

German: from a short form of any of a number of personal names beginning with Old High German adal ‘noble’. Compare Edel. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from Adel ‘nobility’. Muslim: from a personal name based on Arabic adil ‘just’, ‘legally competent (as a witness)’.

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


Similar surnames: Edel, Ader, Apel, Ades, Ade, Kadel, Nadel, Abel, Adell, Axel

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Where is the Adel family from?

You can see how Adel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Adel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Adel families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Adel family living in Indiana. This was about 33% of all the recorded Adel's in USA. Indiana and 2 other states had the highest population of Adel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Adel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Adel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Adel. 24% of Adel men worked as a Farmer and 30% of Adel women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Adel were Salesman and Nurse. .

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Butcher
    15%
  • Salesman
    15%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    30%
  • Clerk
    24%
  • Packing
    12%
  • Nurse
    12%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Adel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Adel 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 Adel. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Adel. For the veterans among your Adel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Adel lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2003, in the United States, Adel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Adel in 1958 was 55, and 80 in 2003.

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