Distel Family History

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Distel Name Meaning

German, North German, and Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of ground overgrown with thistles, or perhaps a nickname for a ‘prickly’ person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch distel ‘thistle’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): probably in most cases an unflattering name bestowed on Jews by non-Jewish government officials in 18th- and 19th-century central Europe.

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

Similar surnames: Postel, Dautel, Eitel, Doster, Rittel, Kittel, Kisiel, Fissel, Bittel

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Distel Family Origin

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Distel Family Occupations

What did your Distel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Distel occupation in the USA was Brewer. 14% of Distel's were Brewers. Brewer, Farmer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Distel. A less common occupation for the Distel family was B. Smith.

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  • Brewer

  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • B. Smith


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Distel ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Distel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Distel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Distel 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 771 immigration records available for the last name Distel. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Distel. For the veterans among your Distel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Distel Life Expectancy

What is the average Distel lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Distel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Distel in 1951 was 35, and 62 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Distel

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Distel 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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