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Seel Family History

Seel Name Meaning

English: variant of Seal. North German: metonymic occupational name for a rope maker, from Middle Low German sel ‘rope’.

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


Similar surnames: Segel, Seele, Seal, Seil, Sell, Skeel, Peel, Seed, Keel, See

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Where is the Seel family from?

You can see how Seel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Seel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Seel families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Seel families living in New York. This was about 40% of all the recorded Seel's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Seel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Seel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Seel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Seel. 14% of Seel men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Seel women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Seel were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
    14%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    16%
  • House Work
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Seel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Seel 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 Seel. 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 Seel. For the veterans among your Seel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Seel lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Seel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Seel in 1946 was 46, and 75 in 2004.

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