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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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Where is the Gehl family from?

You can see how Gehl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gehl family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Gehl families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 60 Gehl families living in Ontario. This was about 88% of all the recorded Gehl's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gehl families in 1911.
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What did your Gehl ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Gehl. 79% of Gehl 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
  • Tinsmith
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housework
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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What is the average Gehl lifespan?

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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