Pahl Family History

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Pahl Name Meaning

German: from a vernacular form of the personal name Paul. North German: metonymic occupational name for a pile driver, from Middle Low German pal ‘pile’, ‘post’.

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

Similar surnames: Ahl, Wahl, Zahl, Pfahl, Pohl, Paul, Vahl, Pehl, Bahl, Pal

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Pahl Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pahl name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Pahl. 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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Pahl Family Origin

Where is the Pahl family from?

Pahl Family Occupations

What did your Pahl ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Pahl occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Pahl's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pahl. A less common occupation for the Pahl family was Miller.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Miller


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

Pahl Historical Records

What Pahl family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Pahl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pahl 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Pahl. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Pahl. For the veterans among your Pahl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pahl Life Expectancy

What is the average Pahl lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Pahl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Pahl in 1952 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Pahl

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pahl 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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