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Wenzel Name Meaning

German and Danish: from the German personal name Wenzel a pet form (with the diminutive suffix -l) of the Middle High German Wenze a borrowing from Slavic a short form of the personal name found in Old Czech as Vęceslav (see Vaclav ). The borrowing into German took place before Czech lost its nasal vowels. The surname of German origin is also found in some central European countries e.g. in Czechia where it is more commonly spelled in Slavicized forms Vencl and Vencel Compare Vencill Vensel and Wentzel Germanized form of Slovenian Vencelj (see Vencel ) a cognate of 1 above. Compare Wentzel

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Wendel, Wengel, Menzel, Mengel, Hengel, Henzel, Denzel, Wencel

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Where is the Wenzel family from?

You can see how Wenzel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wenzel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wenzel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Wenzel families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Wenzel's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Wenzel families in 1840.
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What did your Wenzel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wenzel. 18% of Wenzel men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Wenzel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wenzel were Salesman 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
    18%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Clerk
    5%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Wenzel. 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 39,000 military records available for the last name Wenzel. For the veterans among your Wenzel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wenzel lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wenzel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Wenzel in 1940 was 38, and 77 in 2004.

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