Patel Family History

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Patel Name Meaning

Indian (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka): Hindu and Parsi name which goes back to an official title meaning ‘village headman’, p??tel in Gujarati, Marathi, and Kannada (where it is pa?tela). It comes ultimately from Sanskrit pa?t?takila ‘tenant of royal land’. Among the Indians in the U.S, it is the most common family name.

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

Similar surnames: Pate, Pal, Patil, Eitel, Pagel, Page, Pantel, Pytel, Patek, Gabel

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Patel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Patel name?

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

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  • Western & Central India


  • Southern Asia


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


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Patel Family Origin

Where is the Patel family from?

Patel Family Occupations

What did your Patel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Patel occupation in the USA was Druggist. 50% of Patel's were Druggists. Druggist and Laborer were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Patel.

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  • Druggist

  • Laborer


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

Patel Historical Records

What Patel family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Patel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Patel 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 Patel. 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 430 military records available for the last name Patel. For the veterans among your Patel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Patel Life Expectancy

What is the average Patel lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Patel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Patel in 1959 was 59, and 67 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Patel

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Patel 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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