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Gockel Name Meaning

North German: habitational name for someone from a place in Westphalia called Gockeln. According to Bahlow, the place name is derived from gok, an obsolete word for a bog. South German: from Middle High German gogel ‘cheerful’, ‘lively’, either a nickname for someone with a cheerful disposition or an occupational name for an entertainer (modern German Gaukler). South German: nickname from a regional term gockel ‘rooster’.

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

Similar surnames: Rockel, Seckel, Pickel, Rocker, Godel, Gockley, Gaukel, Bickel

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Where is the Gockel family from?

You can see how Gockel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gockel family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Gockel families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 46 Gockel families living in Missouri. This was about 61% of all the recorded Gockel's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Gockel families in 1880.
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What did your Gockel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gockel. 24% of Gockel men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Gockel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gockel were Farm Laborer and Nurse.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Bookkeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Nurse
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 510 immigration records available for the last name Gockel. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Gockel. For the veterans among your Gockel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gockel lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Gockel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Gockel in 1952 was 56, and 69 in 2004.

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