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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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Where is the Pahl family from?

You can see how Pahl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pahl family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Pahl families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Pahl family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Pahl's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Pahl families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pahl surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pahl ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pahl. 27% of Pahl men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Pahl women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pahl were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
    27%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Carpenter
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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