Nagel Family History

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Nagel Name Meaning

German, Dutch, Scandinavian, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German, Middle Dutch nagel, German Nagel ‘nail’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of nails. Compare English Nail.

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

Similar surnames: Nadel, Nager, Kagel, Dagel, Pagel, Engel, Gabel, Hamel, Segel, Nebel

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Nagel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nagel name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Nagel Family Origin

Where is the Nagel family from?

Nagel Family Occupations

What did your Nagel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Nagel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 22% of Nagel's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Nagel family was Butcher. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nagel.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Butcher


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

Nagel Historical Records

What Nagel family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 68,000 census records available for the last name Nagel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nagel 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 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Nagel. 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 25,000 military records available for the last name Nagel. For the veterans among your Nagel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nagel Life Expectancy

What is the average Nagel lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Nagel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Nagel in 1943 was 25, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Nagel

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nagel 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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