Beal Family History

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Beal Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): 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: habitational name from places so named in Northumberland and West Yorkshire. The former of these (Behil in early records) comes from Old English beo ‘bee’ + hyll ‘hill’; the latter (Begale in Domesday Book) is from Old English beag ‘ring’, here probably used in the sense ‘river bend’, or an unattested personal name Beaga derived from this word + halh ‘nook’, ‘recess’. French (Béal): topographic name for someone who lived by a mill race, from the Lyonnaise dialect term béal, bezale, bedale (of Gaulish origin). Americanized spelling of German Biehl or Bühl (see Buehl).

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

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

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Beal Ethnicity Estimate

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Beal Family Origin

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Beal Family Occupations

What did your Beal ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Beal occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Beal's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Beal family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Beal.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Beal Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 148,000 census records available for the last name Beal. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Beal 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 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Beal. 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 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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Beal Life Expectancy

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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