Markel Family History

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Markel Name Meaning

Dutch and German: from a pet form of the Germanic personal name Markolf, composed of the elements marc, merc ‘boundary’ + wolf ‘wolf’. Americanized form of Slovenian Markelj, a derivative of the personal name Marko, Latin Marcus, + the suffix -elj.

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

Similar surnames: Martel, Marker, Merkel, Mackel, Marvel, Marko, Marek, Marcel, Marken

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Markel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Markel name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Italy


  • European Jewish


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Markel Family Origin

Where is the Markel family from?

Markel Family Occupations

What did your Markel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Markel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Markel's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Markel family was Blacksmith. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Markel.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Blacksmith


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

Markel Historical Records

What Markel family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Markel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Markel 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Markel. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Markel. For the veterans among your Markel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Markel Life Expectancy

What is the average Markel lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Markel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Markel in 1948 was 45, and 80 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Markel 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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