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Biel Name Meaning

Polish, Czech, and Slovak: nickname for a white- or fair-haired person, from Polish biel, Old Czech bielý, Slovak biely ‘white’. Czech: habitational name for someone from Biehlau, Biehla, or some other place named with German Biehl. German: variant spelling of Biehl.

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

Similar surnames: Kiel, Biehl, Biela, Briel, Bihl, Bien, Bel, Bier, Bisel, Viel

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Where is the Biel family from?

You can see how Biel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Biel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Biel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Biel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Biel's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Biel families in 1840.
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What did your Biel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Biel. 24% of Biel men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Biel women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Biel were Clerk and Assembler.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Assembler
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Biel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Biel 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Biel. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Biel. For the veterans among your Biel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Biel lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Biel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Biel in 1957 was 51, and 83 in 2004.

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