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Freel Family History

Freel Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English freil, frel(i)e ‘frail’, ‘weak’. Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Friel 2.

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


Similar surnames: Freer, Free, Creel, Freed, Greek, Freet, Skeel, Fresh, Kreul, Freis

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Where is the Freel family from?

You can see how Freel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Freel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Freel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 13 Freel families living in Indiana. This was about 42% of all the recorded Freel's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Freel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Freel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Freel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Freel. 20% of Freel men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Freel women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Freel were Truck Driver and Cook.

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    13%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Clerk
    13%
  • Cook
    10%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Freel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Freel 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Freel. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Freel. For the veterans among your Freel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Freel lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Freel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Freel in 1948 was 41, and 73 in 2004.

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