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Viel Name Meaning

English and French: variant spelling of Vial. German: topographic name from vil, an old word for a swamp or bog. Italian (Venetia): from a pet form of Vito.

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

Similar surnames: Kiel, Vial, Biel, Viele, Lier, Giel, Mier, Keel, Vier, Diel

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Where is the Viel family from?

You can see how Viel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Viel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Viel families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there was 1 Viel family living in Florida Territory. This was about 25% of all the recorded Viel's in the USA. Florida Territory and 3 other states had the highest population of Viel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Viel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Viel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Viel. 23% of Viel men worked as a Laborer and 27% of Viel women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Viel were Proprietor and Saleswoman.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Saleswoman
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Viel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Viel 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Viel. 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 26,000 military records available for the last name Viel. For the veterans among your Viel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Viel lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Viel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Viel in 1954 was 54, and 83 in 2004.

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