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Neels Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: patronymic from the personal name Neel, a reduced form of either Cornelius or Daneel (see Daniel).

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

Similar surnames: Neils, Neals, Nehls, Geels, Nees, Nevels, Keels, Neuens, Hees, Kees

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Where is the Neels family from?

You can see how Neels families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Neels family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Neels families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 17 Neels families living in Devon. This was about 41% of all the recorded Neels's in United Kingdom. Devon had the highest population of Neels families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Neels surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Neels ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Neels. 25% of Neels men worked as a Laborer and 31% of Neels women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Neels were Miner and Secretary. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Secretary
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Neels. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Neels 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 456 immigration records available for the last name Neels. 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 377 military records available for the last name Neels. For the veterans among your Neels ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Neels lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Neels life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Neels in 1952 was 44, and 83 in 2004.

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