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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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Where is the Markel family from?

You can see how Markel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Markel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Markel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 19 Markel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 49% of all the recorded Markel's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Markel families in 1840.
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What did your Markel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Markel. 19% of Markel men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Markel women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Markel were Carpenter and Seamstress.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Saleslady
  • Seamstress
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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