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Apel Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: variant of Appel ‘apple’. North German and Dutch: from a pet form of Albrecht. Dutch (van Apel): habitational name from a place called Ap(p)el, near Groningen. Jewish (Ashkenazic): Yiddish-German variant of Apfel. See also Appel. Czech: from the German personal name (see 2).

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


Similar surnames: Appel, Axel, Apfel, Capel, Adel, Abel, Arel, Kopel, Aul, Orel

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Where is the Apel family from?

You can see how Apel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Apel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Apel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 53 Apel families living in Ohio. This was about 15% of all the recorded Apel's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Apel families in 1880.
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What did your Apel ancestors do for a living?

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

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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
    15%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Mechanic
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Teacher
    14%
  • Nurse
    7%
  • Secretary
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Apel. 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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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Apel. For the veterans among your Apel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Apel lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Apel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Apel in 1958 was 77, and 79 in 2004.

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