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Orel Surname Meaning

Ukrainian Slovenian Czech and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Ukrainian Slovenian and Czech orel ‘eagle’ perhaps a nickname applied to a courageous person or in some of these languages a topographic or habitational name referring to a house distinguished by the sign of an eagle. Compare Orell . Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Orl a pet form of Aaron .

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

Similar surnames: Vorel, Oren, Orzel, Krol, Morel, Borel, Oder, Orgel, Ore, Orell

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Where is the Orel family from?

You can see how Orel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Orel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Orel families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 3 Orel families living in British Columbia. This was 100% of all the recorded Orel's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Orel families in 1911.
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What did your Orel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Orel. 30% of Orel men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Orel women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Orel were Manager and Housework. .

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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
  • Operator
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Saleslady
  • Laborer
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Orel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Orel 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 744 immigration records available for the last name Orel. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Orel. For the veterans among your Orel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Orel lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Orel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Orel in 1964 was 46, and 71 in 2004.

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