El Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Ell, Bel, Elo, Elm, Ely, Eld, Al, Elk, Els, Ey

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El Family Origin

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El Family Occupations

What did your El ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named El. 33% of El men worked as a Laborer and 20% of El women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named El were Chaffeur and Seamstress

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    33%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Janitor
    5%
  • Chaffeur
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    20%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housework
    10%
  • Seamstress
    10%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

El Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name El. Like a window into their day-to-day life, El 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name El. 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 Card

There are 56,000 military records available for the last name El. For the veterans among your El ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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El Life Expectancy

What is the average El lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, El life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for El in 1963 was 71, and 58 in 2004.

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