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Engel Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from a short form of various Germanic personal names (see, for example, Engelbert and Engelhard). A number of different elements have fallen together in Engel-, mainly Ingal, extended form of Ing, the name of a Germanic god or folk hero, and Angel ‘Angle’. The Angles were a Germanic tribe living on the Jutland peninsula; in the 5th–6th centuries they invaded eastern and northern Britain and gave their name to England (Old English Englaland ‘land of the Angles’). German and Dutch: in some cases a habitational name for someone living at a house bearing the sign of an angel, Middle High German engel. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Engel ‘angel’ (see 2).

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


Similar surnames: Angel, Mengel, Hengel, Engen, Wengel, Enger, Rengel, Wendel, Bengel

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Where is the Engel family from?

You can see how Engel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Engel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Engel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 24 Engel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 62% of all the recorded Engel's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Engel families in 1840.
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What did your Engel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Engel. 13% of Engel men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Engel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Engel were Clerk and Clerk.

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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
    13%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Engel. 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 36,000 military records available for the last name Engel. For the veterans among your Engel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Engel lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Engel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Engel in 1941 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

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