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Reel Family History

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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Where is the Reel family from?

You can see how Reel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 27 Reel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 29% of all the recorded Reel's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Reel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Reel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Reel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Reel. 22% of Reel men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Reel women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reel were Salesman and Housework.

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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
    22%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housework
    8%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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