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Edel Name Meaning

German: from a short form of the Germanic personal name Edilo, formed with Old High German adal ‘tribe’, ‘family’, ‘nobility’. German: status name from Middle High German edel ‘noble’. See also Edelmann. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish female personal name Eydl, meaning ‘noble’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from modern German edel ‘noble’, ‘splendid’, ‘fine’. See also Adel 3.

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


Similar surnames: Adel, Redel, Eden, Ell, Eber, Nebel, Eder, Reder, Emel, Hegel

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Where is the Edel family from?

You can see how Edel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Edel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Edel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Edel families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Edel's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Edel families in 1840.
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What did your Edel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Edel. 21% of Edel men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Edel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Edel were Clerk and Bookkeeper.

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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

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Secretary
    11%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Bookkeeper
    9%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Edel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Edel 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Edel. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Edel. For the veterans among your Edel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Edel lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Edel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Edel in 1952 was 32, and 76 in 2004.

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