Noel Family History

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Noel Name Meaning

English and French: nickname for someone who had some special connection with the Christmas season, such as owing the particular feudal duty of providing a yule-log to the lord of the manor, or having given a memorable performance as the Lord of Misrule. The name is from Middle English, Old French no(u)el ‘Christmas’ (Latin natalis (dies) ‘birthday’). It was also used as a given name for someone born during the Christmas period.

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

Similar surnames: Noe, Joel, Poel, New, Engel, Noll, Noah, Coe, Noell, Worl

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Noel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Noel name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • France


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Noel Family Origin

Where is the Noel family from?

Noel Family Occupations

What did your Noel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Noel family was Farming. The most common Noel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Noel's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Noel.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Noel Historical Records

What Noel family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 143,000 census records available for the last name Noel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Noel 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Noel. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Noel. For the veterans among your Noel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Noel Life Expectancy

What is the average Noel lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Noel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Noel in 1941 was 48, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Noel 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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