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Clavel Name Meaning

Spanish: from clavel ‘clove’ earlier also ‘nail’ applied as a metonymic occupational name for a spice trader or a nail maker. French: from Old French clavel ‘bolt (of a door or gate)’ or ‘nail link ring (of chain mail)’ used as a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller. Compare Clewell . English (of Norman origin): either from Old French clavel (see 2 above) or a variant of Clayfield a habitational name from Claville or Clasville Seine-Maritime (France).

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

Similar surnames: Claver, Cave, Savel, Havel, Carel, Chapel, Clare, Tavel, Cleaver

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Where is the Clavel family from?

You can see how Clavel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clavel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clavel families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there were 3 Clavel families living in Maryland. This was 100% of all the recorded Clavel's in USA. Maryland had the highest population of Clavel families in 1840.
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What did your Clavel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Clerk and Costurera were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Clavel. 60% of Clavel men worked as a Clerk and 100% of Clavel women worked as a Costurera. .

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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

  • Clerk
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Costurera
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Clavel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clavel 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 971 immigration records available for the last name Clavel. 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 199 military records available for the last name Clavel. For the veterans among your Clavel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Clavel lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Clavel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1998, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Clavel in 1958 was 56, and 82 in 2004.

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