Reel Family History

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Reel Name Meaning

Dutch: from a shortened form of the Germanic name Radilo, itself a short form of a compound name formed with rad ‘counsel’, ‘advice’ as the first element, for example Radolf. Compare Ralph.

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

Similar surnames: Reek, Reil, Redel, Reeb, Regel, Reep, Peel, Rees, Gehl, Reul

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Reel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Reel name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Reel Family Origin

Where is the Reel family from?

Reel Family Occupations

What did your Reel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Reel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Reel's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reel. A less common occupation for the Reel family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


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

Reel Historical Records

What Reel family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Reel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reel 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Reel. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Reel. For the veterans among your Reel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Reel Life Expectancy

What is the average Reel lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Reel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Reel in 1945 was 31, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Reel 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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