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Axel Name Meaning

Danish and North German: from the personal name Axel from Apsel an obsolete vernacular form of the Biblical name Absolom. In North America this surname is also a shortened form of the Scandinavian patronymics from the personal name Axel such as Danish and Norwegian Axelsen . English: variant of Axell itself a variant of Axtell or Askell. The former is from the Middle English personal name Asketill (Old Norse Ásketill) or a metonymic occupational name for a salt merchant (from Middle English Hakkesalt composed of the elements hakken ‘to hack chop’ + salt ‘salt’). The latter is from the Middle English personal name Askell (Old Norse Áskell a shortened form of Ásketill).

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

Similar surnames: Apel, Abel, Adel, Abele, Appel, Gabel, Aye, Ahl, Hamel, Axe

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Where is the Axel family from?

You can see how Axel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Axel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Axel families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 9 Axel families living in Manitoba. This was about 45% of all the recorded Axel's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Axel families in 1911.
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What did your Axel ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Axel. 100% of Axel men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
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There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Axel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Axel 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 Axel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 732 military records available for the last name Axel. For the veterans among your Axel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Axel lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Axel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Axel in 1955 was 62, and 87 in 2004.

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