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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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Where is the Zahl family from?

You can see how Zahl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Zahl family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Zahl families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 23 Zahl families living in Missouri. This was about 34% of all the recorded Zahl's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Zahl families in 1880.
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What did your Zahl ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Zahl. 22% of Zahl men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Zahl women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Zahl were Farmer and Typist.

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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
  • Carpenter
  • Farm
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
  • Stenographer
  • Typist
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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What is the average Zahl lifespan?

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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