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Carrel Name Meaning

Irish and English: variant of Carrell . French: from Old French quar(r)el carrel ‘bolt (for a crossbow)’ hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of crossbow bolts or figuratively a nickname for a short stout man (compare English Carrell ). The word also meant ‘paving slab’ and so it could also have been a metonymic occupational name for a street layer.

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

Similar surnames: Carel, Carrell, Carre, Carver, Marvel, Barre, Carden, Warren, Karre

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Where is the Carrel family from?

You can see how Carrel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Carrel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Carrel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 17 Carrel families living in Ohio. This was about 29% of all the recorded Carrel's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Carrel families in 1840.
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What did your Carrel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Carrel. 31% of Carrel men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Carrel women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Carrel were Manager and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Truck Driver
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Carrel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Carrel 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Carrel. 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 Carrel. For the veterans among your Carrel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Carrel lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Carrel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Carrel in 1952 was 44, and 79 in 2004.

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