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Manuel Family History

Manuel Name Meaning

Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German: from the personal name Manuel, a short form of Emanuel. Catalan and Spanish: possibly also a habitational name from Manuel in Valencia province. Americanized form of any of various other European family names derived from Emanuel, for example the Greek patronymic Manouilidis.

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

Similar surnames: Mandel, Mangel, Daniel, Mantel, Mengel, Mander, Samuel, Manuele

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Where is the Manuel family from?

You can see how Manuel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Manuel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Manuel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 25 Manuel families living in North Carolina. This was about 21% of all the recorded Manuel's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Manuel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Manuel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Manuel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Manuel. 26% of Manuel men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Manuel women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Manuel were Salesman and Laundress.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Cook
  • Laundress
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Census Records

There are 97,000 census records available for the last name Manuel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Manuel 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Manuel. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Manuel. For the veterans among your Manuel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Manuel lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Manuel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Manuel in 1943 was 32, and 70 in 2004.

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