Steele Family History

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Steele Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from Middle English stele ‘steel’, hence a nickname for someone considered as hard and durable as steel, or metonymic occupational name for a foundry worker.

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

Similar surnames: Seele, Sterle, Staple, Stoebe, Skeel, Steel, Selle, Steil, Sweere

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Steele Family Origin

Where is the Steele family from?

Steele Family Occupations

What did your Steele ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Steele occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Steele's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Steele family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Steele.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Steele Historical Records

What Steele family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 486,000 census records available for the last name Steele. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Steele 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 58,000 immigration records available for the last name Steele. 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 95,000 military records available for the last name Steele. For the veterans among your Steele ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Steele Life Expectancy

What is the average Steele lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Steele life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Steele in 1941 was 56, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Steele

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Steele 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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