Gehl Family History

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Gehl Name Meaning

from the short form of an old personal name formed with Middle High German geil ‘voluptuous’, ‘mischievous’, ‘rich’. from an Old Frisian personal name formed with a cognate of Old High German modal ‘ancestral estate’, ‘home country’. nickname for someone with blond hair or a pale complexion, from Middle Low German, Middle High German gel ‘yellow’, ‘blond’. in eastern Germany, from a much altered short form of the personal name Daniel.

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

Similar surnames: Hehl, Gell, Gehm, Guhl, Gohl, Pehl, Kehl, Ahl, Mehl, Geil

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Gehl Family Origin

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Gehl Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the Gehl family was Carpenter. The most common Gehl occupation in Canada was Son. 43% of Gehl's were Sons. Son, Farmer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gehl.

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  • Son

  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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Gehl Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Gehl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gehl 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gehl. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Gehl. For the veterans among your Gehl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gehl Life Expectancy

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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gehl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Gehl in 1944 was 22, and 73 in 2004.

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