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Wendel Family History

Wendel Name Meaning

German Swedish Danish and Dutch: from the German personal name Wendel a pet form of a short form Wando of a compound ancient Germanic name beginning with wand ‘to go to migrate’. German: metonymic occupational name for a turner from Middle High German wendel ‘to turn’ or Middle Low German wendelen ‘to turn twist’.

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


Similar surnames: Wenzel, Wengel, Bendel, Mengel, Hendel, Weinel, Bandel, Rendel

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Where is the Wendel family from?

You can see how Wendel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wendel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wendel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Wendel families living in Ohio. This was about 33% of all the recorded Wendel's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Wendel families in 1840.
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What did your Wendel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wendel. 23% of Wendel men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Wendel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wendel were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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
    23%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Wendel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wendel 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Wendel. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Wendel. For the veterans among your Wendel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wendel lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Wendel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Wendel in 1942 was 51, and 75 in 2004.

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