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Tafel Name Meaning

German:: from Middle High German tafel ‘table gameboard’ or ‘panel painting’ a metonymic occupational name for a maker of wooden panels (for tables carvings paintings or room paneling) or a topographic name for someone who lived by a roadside shrine or other religious motif; such depictions were (and still are common) in Bavaria and Austria. In some instances this may be a shortened form of Tafelmacher literally ‘panel maker’. In this sense the name is also established as a Polish surname. topographic name from a field name from Middle High German tavel denoting a field in a slightly elevated location.

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

Similar surnames: Gabel, Tavel, Hamel, Nagel, Pagel, Savel, Dagel, Apfel, Nadel, Stadel

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Where is the Tafel family from?

You can see how Tafel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tafel family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Tafel families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 21 Tafel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 28% of all the recorded Tafel's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Tafel families in 1880.
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What did your Tafel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Manager and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Tafel. 21% of Tafel men worked as a Manager and 100% of Tafel women worked as a Bookkeeper. .

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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

  • Manager
  • Salesman
  • Machinist
  • Road Work

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 851 immigration records available for the last name Tafel. 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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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Tafel. For the veterans among your Tafel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tafel lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Tafel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Tafel in 1963 was 85, and 82 in 2004.

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