Samuel Family History

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Samuel Name Meaning

English, Scottish, Welsh, French, German, Dutch, Hungarian (Sámuel), Jewish, and South Indian: from the Biblical male personal name Samuel (Hebrew Shemuel ‘Name of God’). This name is also well established in South India. In North America this has absorbed other European cognates such as Greek Samouelidis. It is found as a personal name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. is used as a family name among families from southern India.

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


Similar surnames: Saul, Hamel, Kamel, Manuel, Sandel, Rammel, Savel, Samel, Amsel

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Samuel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Samuel name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    25%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    12%

  • Benin/Togo

    12%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    11%

  • Southern Asia

    6%

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Samuel Family Origin

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Samuel Family Occupations

What did your Samuel ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

    36%
  • Laborer

    12%
  • Farm Laborer

    5%
  • Farming

    5%

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

Samuel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 147,000 census records available for the last name Samuel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Samuelcensus 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 44,000 immigration records available for the last name Samuel. 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 27,000 military records available for the last name Samuel. For the veterans among your Samuel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Samuel Life Expectancy

What is the average Samuel lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Samuel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Samuel in 1942 was 36, and 70 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Samuel 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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