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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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Where is the Handel family from?

You can see how Handel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Handel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Handel families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Handel families living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Handel's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Handel families in 1840.
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What did your Handel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Handel. 24% of Handel men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Handel women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Handel were Manager and Bookkeeper.

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Manager
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Secretary
    11%
  • Bookkeeper
    6%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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