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Angel Name Meaning

Spanish (Ángel) and Slovenian: from local equivalents of the Latin personal name Angelus from angelus Greek angelos ‘messenger angel’. In early Christian folk belief angels were so named because they were considered to be messengers sent from God. Compare Spanish Del Angel . English (of Norman origin): from Middle English angel ‘angel’ from Old French angele from Latin angelus (see above) perhaps applied as a nickname to someone of angelic temperament or appearance or for someone who played the part of an angel in a pageant. In North America this surname may also be an altered form of any of several cognate European surnames for example Italian Angelo Romanian Anghel Czech Anděl or Hungarian Angyal. American shortened form of Greek Angelis or of any other derivative of the personal name Angelos (see Angelos ). Compare Angell and Angelus . German: nickname from Old High German ango ‘spine prick’ (also denoting the sharp awn or ‘beard’ of grain) denoting an angry or aggressive person. The German surname is concentrated in the farming area of southern Württemberg. German: metonymic occupational name for a fisherman from Middle High German angel ‘fishing rod’. South German: perhaps a topographic name from angel ‘meadow grass field’.7: Americanized form of Croatian Anđel a cognate of 1 above. Compare Angell .

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

Similar surnames: Engel, Andel, Angelo, Mangel, Anger, Ancel, Bandel, Daniel, Ranger

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You can see how Angel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Angel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Angel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 81 Angel families living in New York. This was about 30% of all the recorded Angel's in USA. New York had the highest population of Angel families in 1840.
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What did your Angel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Angel. 19% of Angel men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Angel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Angel were Truck Driver and Seamstress. .

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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

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Housework
  • Seamstress
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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Angel. 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 Angel. For the veterans among your Angel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Angel lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Angel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Angel in 1940 was 31, and 75 in 2004.

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