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Nail Name Meaning

English: from Middle English naile, nayle ‘nail’ (from Old English nægel), applied as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of nails, or as a nickname for a tall thin person. Americanized form of German Nagel.

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


Similar surnames: Fail, Bail, Lail, Cail, Gail, Hall, Hail, Cain, Maul, Nall

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Where is the Nail family from?

You can see how Nail families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nail family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nail families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 66 Nail families living in Quebec. This was about 70% of all the recorded Nail's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Nail families in 1911.
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What did your Nail ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cultivateur was the top reported job for people in the CA named Nail. 36% of Nail men worked as a Cultivateur.

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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

  • Cultivateur
    36%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Journalier
    12%
  • Labourer
    11%
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Nail. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nail 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 Nail. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Nail. For the veterans among your Nail ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nail lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Nail life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Nail in 1944 was 26, and 75 in 2004.

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