Scheel Family History

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Scheel Name Meaning

North German and Dutch: nickname from Middle Low German schele, Dutch sche(e)le ‘squinting’, ‘with a squint’.

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

Similar surnames: Scheer, Schell, Scholl, Schleef, Scheele, Schaal, Scher, Schepp

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Scheel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Scheel name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Scheel Family Origin

Where is the Scheel family from?

Scheel Family Occupations

What did your Scheel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Scheel family was Miner. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Scheel. The most common Scheel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Scheel's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Miner


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

Scheel Historical Records

What Scheel family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Scheel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Scheel 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Scheel. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Scheel. For the veterans among your Scheel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Scheel Life Expectancy

What is the average Scheel lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Scheel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Scheel in 1943 was 22, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Scheel

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Scheel 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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