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Meals Surname Meaning

English:: variant of Meale with post-medieval excrescent -s. One origin of Meale is as a nickname from Middle English mele ‘meal ground cereal’ perhaps for a maker or seller of meal. Compare Millman . variant of Meale with plural -s. An alternative origin of Meale is as a topographic name from Middle English mele ‘sand-hill’ (Old Norse melr) as found in such placenames as North Meols Ravensmeols (both Lancashire) and Great Meols (Cheshire).

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

Similar surnames: Mells, Mears, Means, Meas, Wells, Mars, Veale, Seals, Veals, Deal

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Where is the Meals family from?

You can see how Meals families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Meals family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Meals families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 2 Meals families living in Alberta. This was 100% of all the recorded Meals's in Canada. Alberta had the highest population of Meals families in 1911.
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What did your Meals ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Meals. 25% of Meals men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Meals women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Meals were Truck Driver and Laborer. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Farming
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Laborer
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Meals. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Meals 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 419 immigration records available for the last name Meals. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Meals. For the veterans among your Meals ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Meals lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Meals life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Meals in 1956 was 45, and 80 in 2004.

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