Appel Family History

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Appel Name Meaning

German: from the personal name Appel, a pet form of Apprecht (common especially in Thuringia and Franconia), itself a variant of Albrecht. German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Low German Ap(p)el, Middle Dutch appel, or Yiddish epl ‘apple’, hence an occupational name for a grower or seller of the fruit. As a Jewish ornamental name, it is generally ornamental rather than occupational. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Apel.

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

Similar surnames: Apel, Apfel, Happel, Eppel, Oppel, Kappel, Kapper, Apple, Happe

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Appel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Appel name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Appel. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Appel Family Origin

Where is the Appel family from?

Appel Family Occupations

What did your Appel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Appel family was Keeping House. The most common Appel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 12% of Appel's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Appel.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Tailor

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Appel ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Appel Historical Records

What Appel family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 36,000 census records available for the last name Appel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Appel census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Appel. 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 Card

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Appel. For the veterans among your Appel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Appel Life Expectancy

What is the average Appel lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Appel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Appel in 1942 was 28, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Appel ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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