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Real Name Meaning

Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, and Galicia: habitational name from any of the numerous places called Real; those in Galicia and Portugal being named from real ‘royal’, while those in southern Spain and Catalonia are named in part from real meaning ‘encampment’, ‘rural property’ (Arabic ra?hal ‘farmhouse’, ‘cabin’). French (Réal) and Spanish: from southern French réal, Spanish real ‘royal’, hence a nickname for someone who behaved in a regal manner or an occupational name for someone in the service of the king. French (Réal): habitational name from any of various places named for having been part of a royal domain (see Reau, Reaux). Probably an Americanized spelling of German Riehl, Riel, or Rühl (see Ruehl).

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

Similar surnames: Beal, Reale, Regal, Read, Seal, Veal, Reil, Deal, Bean, Leal

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Real Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Real name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • Spain


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • France


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Real Family Origin

Where is the Real family from?

Real Family Occupations

What did your Real ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Real occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Real's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Real family was Keeps House. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Real.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Keeps House


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

Real Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 76,000 census records available for the last name Real. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Real 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Real. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Real. For the veterans among your Real ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Real Life Expectancy

What is the average Real lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Real life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Real in 1947 was 58, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Real 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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