Zahl Family History

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Zahl Name Meaning

German: from a reduced form of Middle High German zagel ‘tail’ or from a reduced form of a compound name formed with this element, as for example Hasenzahl (‘hare’s tail’). Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Tsal, a pet form of the Biblical name Betzalel. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Zahl ‘number’.

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

Similar surnames: Ahl, Wahl, Bahl, Vahl, Pahl, Dahl, Zahn, Fahl, Gehl, Rahl

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Zahl Family Origin

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Zahl Family Occupations

What did your Zahl ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Zahl occupation in the USA was Farmer. 15% of Zahl's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Zahl family was Carpenter. Farmer, Shoemaker and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Zahl.

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  • Farmer

  • Shoemaker

  • Blacksmith

  • Carpenter


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Zahl Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Zahl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zahl census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Zahl. 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 Card

There are 27,000 military records available for the last name Zahl. For the veterans among your Zahl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Zahl Life Expectancy

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Between 1954 and 2003, in the United States, Zahl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Zahl in 1954 was 33, and 87 in 2003.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Zahl ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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