Carl Family History

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Carl Name Meaning

Variant spelling of Dutch, German, and Scandinavian Karl. English: from the Anglo-Scandinavian personal name Karl(i), ultimately from Germanic karl ‘man’, ‘freeman’. See also Charles. English: status name for a bondman or villein, from the vocabulary word karl, carl, which had various different meanings at various times: originally ‘man’, then ‘ordinary man’, ‘peasant’, and in Middle English specialized in the senses ‘free peasant’, ‘bondman’, ‘villein’, and ‘rough, churlish individual’.

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


Similar surnames: Karl, Earl, Carp, Cart, Call, Care, Garl, Carll, Carle, Card

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Carl Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Carl name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    44%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    17%

  • Germanic Europe

    13%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    4%

  • Sweden

    3%

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Carl Family Origin

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Carl Family Occupations

What did your Carl ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Carl occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Carl's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Carl family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Carl.

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  • Farmer

    30%
  • Laborer

    13%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Carpenter

    3%

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Carl Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 102,000 census records available for the last name Carl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Carl 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Carl. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Carl. For the veterans among your Carl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Carl Life Expectancy

What is the average Carl lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Carl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Carl in 1943 was 26, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Carl 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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