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Meisel Name Meaning

German: occupational name from Middle High German meizel ‘lumberjack’, ‘wood cutter’. German: nickname for someone thought to resemble a mouse, from a diminutive of Middle High German mus, German Maus. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Mayzl, of uncertain origin.

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


Similar surnames: Meise, Leiser, Maisel, Mengel, Weisel, Meiser, Peiser, Heisel, Heibel

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Where is the Meisel family from?

You can see how Meisel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Meisel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Meisel families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 57 Meisel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 24% of all the recorded Meisel's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Meisel families in 1880.
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What did your Meisel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Meisel. 17% of Meisel men worked as a Salesman and 12% of Meisel women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Meisel were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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

  • Salesman
    17%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    12%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Meisel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Meisel 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 Meisel. 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 Meisel. For the veterans among your Meisel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Meisel lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Meisel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Meisel in 1940 was 58, and 78 in 2004.

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