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Behl Family History

Behl Name Meaning

German: habitational name from a place in Holstein named Behl. Altered spelling of German Böhl (see Boehle). Indian: variant of Bahl.

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


Similar surnames: Bell, Berl, Biehl, Beal, Buehl, Kehl, Behel, Mehl, Bohl, Pehl

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Where is the Behl family from?

You can see how Behl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Behl family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Behl families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 42 Behl families living in Illinois. This was about 26% of all the recorded Behl's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Behl families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Behl surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Behl ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Behl. 23% of Behl men worked as a Farmer and 29% of Behl women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Behl were Manager and Typist.

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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
    23%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Manager
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    29%
  • Stenographer
    22%
  • Secretary
    22%
  • Typist
    15%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Behl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Behl census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 868 immigration records available for the last name Behl. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Behl. For the veterans among your Behl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Behl lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Behl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Behl in 1958 was 51, and 89 in 2004.

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