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Gabel Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a maker and seller of forks from Middle High German gabel(e) German Gabel ‘fork’. The reference is to any of the various pieces of agricultural equipment denoted by this word for example hay forks shearlegs etc. Table forks were not used in Germany for eating before the 16th century. German: topographic name for someone who lived near a fork in a road or river or owned a forked piece of land from the German word (see 1 above) in this transferred sense. German: habitational name from any of the places called Gabel in Germany in Schleswig Thuringia Silesia and in particular in Bohemia which derive their name from Slavic jablo ‘apple tree’. German: from a short form of Gabriel . German (Gäbel): see Gaebel .

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


Similar surnames: Kabel, Gaber, Babel, Habel, Gaebel, Abele, Abel, Gobel, Haber, Zabel

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Where is the Gabel family from?

You can see how Gabel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gabel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gabel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 80 Gabel families living in Ontario. This was about 40% of all the recorded Gabel's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gabel families in 1911.
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What did your Gabel ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Gabel. 48% of Gabel men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Gabel women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gabel were Storekeeper and Stenographer. .

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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
    48%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Farmers Son
    8%
  • Storekeeper
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Clerk
    25%
  • Farmer
    25%
  • Saleswoman
    17%
  • Stenographer
    17%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Gabel. 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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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Gabel. For the veterans among your Gabel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gabel lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Gabel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gabel in 1943 was 33, and 81 in 2004.

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