Opal Family History

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Opal Name Meaning

from opal ‘combustible material’, a derivative of opic ‘to burn or singe’ or ‘to get sunburnt’, hence a nickname for a sunburnt individual. nickname from opal ‘opal’ (the jewel).

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


Similar surnames: Opalka, Topa, Gal, Nosal, Pas, Palm, Oak, Leal, Ohl, Boal

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Opal Family Origin

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Opal Family Occupations

What did your Opal ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Cigar Maker and Keeps House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Opal. The most common Opal occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Opal's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Opal family was Saloon Keeper.

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  • Farmer

    33%
  • Cigar Maker

    17%
  • Keeps House

    17%
  • Saloon Keeper

    17%

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

Opal Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Opal. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Opal 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Opal. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Opal. For the veterans among your Opal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Opal Life Expectancy

What is the average Opal lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Opal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Opal in 1963 was 75, and 56 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Opal

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Opal 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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