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Canal Family History

Canal Name Meaning

Spanish Catalan Portuguese and southern French: topographic name from canal ‘channel pipe conduit’ (from Late Latin canalis a derivative of canna ‘reed’) e.g. for someone who lived near an irrigation channel or a habitational name from any of numerous places called with this word. Asturian-Leonese (Cañal): habitational name from Cañal a place in Asturias (Spain) named with cañal ‘reedbed’ (from Latin canna ‘reed’). Italian: variant of Canale .

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

Similar surnames: Canas, Canale, Casal, Canto, Canales, Cano, Cabral, Cala, Rana, Canez

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Where is the Canal family from?

You can see how Canal families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Canal family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Canal families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 4 Canal families living in Ontario. This was 100% of all the recorded Canal's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Canal families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Canal surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Canal ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Canal. 42% of Canal men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Canal women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Canal were General Laborer and Teacher. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Cigar Maker
  • General Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Teacher
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What Canal family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Canal. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Canal 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Canal. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Canal. For the veterans among your Canal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Canal lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2003, in the United States, Canal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Canal in 1953 was 52, and 69 in 2003.

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