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Skeel Family History

Skeel Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of buckets, from Middle English skele, skeyll ‘wooden bucket’.

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

Similar surnames: Seel, Keel, Seed, Steele, Steer, Sell, Skerl, Keil, Segel, Speer

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Where is the Skeel family from?

You can see how Skeel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Skeel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Skeel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Skeel families living in New York. This was about 65% of all the recorded Skeel's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Skeel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Skeel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Skeel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Skeel. 27% of Skeel men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Skeel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Skeel were Salesman and Waitress.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Common Labor
  • Farmer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Skeel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Skeel 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 393 immigration records available for the last name Skeel. 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 631 military records available for the last name Skeel. For the veterans among your Skeel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Skeel lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Skeel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Skeel in 1951 was 55, and 84 in 2004.

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