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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 Nail . Germanized form of Sorbian Nahł Nagł Nahły and Nagły: nickname from Upper Sorbian nahły Lower Sorbian nagły ‘quick’ also ‘hot-tempered’. Irish: variant of Nagle . Americanized form of Slovenian Nagelj: nickname from an altered form of nagel ‘quick’ also ‘hot-tempered’ (compare 2 above) or from nagelj ‘carnation’ (the flower) or less likely an altered form of German Nagel (see 1 above).

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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Where is the Nagel family from?

You can see how Nagel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nagel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nagel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 31 Nagel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 84% of all the recorded Nagel's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Nagel families in 1840.
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What did your Nagel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Nagel. 17% of Nagel men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Nagel women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nagel were Farm Laborer and Teacher. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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.

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