Engel Family History

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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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Engel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Engel name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Engel. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Engel Family Origin

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Engel Family Occupations

What did your Engel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Engel family was Carpenter. The most common Engel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 22% of Engel's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Engel.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Engel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 102,000 census records available for the last name Engel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Engel 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 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 Card

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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Engel Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Engel 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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