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Idle Name Meaning

English: variant of Idell . Americanized form of German Eitel . Welsh: from the personal name Ith(a)el Old Welsh Iudhail ‘bountiful lord’. Compare Ethell Bithell .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Idler, Ihle, Sole, Ingle, Hole, Hindle, Ide, Hille, Gole, Lile

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Where is the Idle family from?

You can see how Idle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Idle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Idle families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 20 Idle families living in Ontario. This was about 80% of all the recorded Idle's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Idle families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Idle surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Idle ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and House Work were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Idle. 24% of Idle men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Idle women worked as a House Work. Some less common occupations for Americans named Idle were Farming and Manager. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • House Work
  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Manager
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Idle. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Idle 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 693 immigration records available for the last name Idle. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Idle. For the veterans among your Idle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Idle lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Idle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Idle in 1963 was 71, and 90 in 2004.

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