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Steele Family History

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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Where is the Steele family from?

You can see how Steele families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Steele family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Steele families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 132 Steele families living in New York. This was about 25% of all the recorded Steele's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Steele families in 1840.
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What did your Steele ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Steele. 14% of Steele men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Steele women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Steele were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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