Handel Family History

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Handel Name Meaning

German (also Händel) and Jewish: from a pet form of the personal name Hans. Sometimes this can be from a pet form of Heinrich, e.g. Heindl, Haindl. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a merchant, German Handel ‘trade’, ‘commerce’.

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

Similar surnames: Bandel, Mandel, Hendel, Hansel, Kandel, Randel, Sandel, Hanzel

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Handel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Handel name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • European Jewish


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Handel Family Origin

Where is the Handel family from?

Handel Family Occupations

What did your Handel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Baker and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Handel. The most common Handel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 17% of Handel's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Handel family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Baker

  • Carpenter

  • Keeping House


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

Handel Historical Records

What Handel family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Handel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Handel 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Handel. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Handel. For the veterans among your Handel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Handel Life Expectancy

What is the average Handel lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Handel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Handel in 1949 was 56, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Handel 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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