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Stahl Family History

Stahl Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a steelsmith an armorer or a steel merchant from Middle High German stāl and German Stahl ‘steel armor’. The Jewish surname is often artificial rather than occupational. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Denmark and some other European countries. Swedish (Ståhl): soldier's name from ståhl an ornamental spelling of stål ‘steel’. Compare Steel and Steele .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Staal, Stuhl, Strahl, Stall, Stohl, Stang, Ahl, Stiehl, Stahle, Pahl

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Where is the Stahl family from?

You can see how Stahl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stahl family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stahl families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 52 Stahl families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 53% of all the recorded Stahl's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Stahl families in 1840.
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What did your Stahl ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Stahl. 14% of Stahl men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Stahl women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Stahl were Clerk and Teacher. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 97,000 census records available for the last name Stahl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Stahl 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 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Stahl. 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 32,000 military records available for the last name Stahl. For the veterans among your Stahl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Stahl lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Stahl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Stahl in 1942 was 49, and 77 in 2004.

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