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Pehl Name Meaning

German: either from an Old Prussian name of uncertain origin, or a shortened form of Pehlemann, a habitational name from a place called Pehlen near Detmold. Alternatively, it could be a shortened form of North German Pehlgrimm ‘pilgrim’ (standard German Pilger).

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


Similar surnames: Peel, Pell, Gehl, Pahl, Perl, Hehl, Pohl, Peil, Mehl, Oehl

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Where is the Pehl family from?

You can see how Pehl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pehl family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Pehl families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 23 Pehl families living in Texas. This was about 23% of all the recorded Pehl's in the USA. Texas had the highest population of Pehl families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pehl surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pehl ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pehl. 29% of Pehl men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Pehl women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pehl were Clerk and Saleslady.

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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
    29%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Truck Driver
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    19%
  • House Work
    19%
  • Secretary
    13%
  • Saleslady
    13%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Pehl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pehl 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 759 immigration records available for the last name Pehl. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Pehl. For the veterans among your Pehl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pehl lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Pehl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Pehl in 1953 was 38, and 90 in 2004.

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