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Beal Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): variant of Beale from Old French bel(e) ‘fair lovely’ (see Beau ) either a nickname for a handsome man or a metronymic from this word used as a female personal name. English (northern): habitational name from any of the places so named in Northumberland and Yorkshire. The former of these (Behil in early records) is named with Old English bēo ‘bee’ + hyll ‘hill’; the latter (Begale in Domesday Book) with Old English bēag ‘ring’ here probably used in the sense ‘river bend’ or an unattested personal name Bēaga derived from this word + halh ‘nook recess’ (see Beagle ). An additional source may be Beald a farm in Cambridgeshire recorded as Bele super Dedhil c. 1195. In Lincolnshire the surname is perhaps from a word or name for a farm derived from Scandinavian bøli ‘farm’. French (Béal): topographic name for someone who lived by a mill race from the Lyonnaise dialect term béal bezale bedale (of Gaulish origin). Americanized form of German Biehl Biel or Bühl (see Buehl ).

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

Similar surnames: Bell, Bean, Bear, Real, Beck, Bel, Seal, Beam, Veal, Deal

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Where is the Beal family from?

You can see how Beal families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Beal family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Beal families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 69 Beal families living in Massachusetts. This was about 17% of all the recorded Beal's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Beal families in 1840.
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What did your Beal ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Beal. 17% of Beal men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Beal women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Beal were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Clerk
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There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Beal. For the veterans among your Beal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Beal lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Beal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Beal in 1941 was 30, and 76 in 2004.

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