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Pohl Name Meaning

topographic name from Middle Low German pol ‘(muddy) pool’ (Low German Pohl). (Pöhl): habitational name for someone from the island of Poel, near Wismar. Variant of Paul. Eastern German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): ethnic name for a Polish speaker or someone with some other connection with Poland, from German Pole, Dutch Pool ‘Pole’.

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


Similar surnames: Pool, Pol, Poel, Wohl, Pohle, Ohl, Poll, Sohl, Puhl, Gohl

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Where is the Pohl family from?

You can see how Pohl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pohl family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pohl families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Pohl families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Pohl's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Pohl families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pohl surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pohl ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pohl. 21% of Pohl men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Pohl women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pohl were Machinist and Stenographer.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Machinist
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housework
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Pohl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pohl 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Pohl. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Pohl. For the veterans among your Pohl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pohl lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Pohl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Pohl in 1942 was 51, and 76 in 2004.

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