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Nel Surname Meaning

Altered form of French Néel (see Neel ) established in South Africa. Dutch: variant of Nell English: possibly a variant of Neal Nell or Knell .

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

Similar surnames: Neal, Noel, Ney, Bel, New, Nell, Nee, Neu, Nez, Nehl

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Where is the Nel family from?

You can see how Nel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Nel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there was 1 Nel family living in British Columbia. This was 100% of all the recorded Nel's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Nel families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Nel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Nel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Nel. 43% of Nel men worked as a 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
  • Proprietor
  • Farming
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Nel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nel 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 Nel. 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 803 military records available for the last name Nel. For the veterans among your Nel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nel lifespan?

Between 1969 and 2002, in the United States, Nel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Nel in 1969 was 81, and 82 in 2002.

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