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Wahl Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German Walhe, Walch ‘foreigner from a Romance country’, hence a nickname for someone from Italy or France, etc. This surname is also established in Sweden. North German: from the personal name Wole, a short form of Wol(d)er (see Wahler). Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads named Val, from Old Norse vaðill ‘ford’, ‘shallows’.

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


Similar surnames: Wall, Ahl, Dahl, Wohl, Zahl, Vahl, Pahl, Hahn, Fahl, Bahl

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Where is the Wahl family from?

You can see how Wahl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wahl family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wahl families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Wahl families living in Maryland. This was about 50% of all the recorded Wahl's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Wahl families in 1840.
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What did your Wahl ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wahl. 15% of Wahl men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Wahl women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wahl 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
    15%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Wahl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wahl 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Wahl. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Wahl. For the veterans among your Wahl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wahl lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Wahl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wahl in 1942 was 36, and 78 in 2004.

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