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Poel Name Meaning

Dutch: shortened form of Vanderpoel a topographic name from Middle Dutch poele ‘(muddy) pool’. English (Lancashire and London) and Welsh: variant of Powell .

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

Similar surnames: Pohl, Pool, Pol, Poll, Powel, Peel, Pott, Noel, Joel, Holl

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Where is the Poel family from?

You can see how Poel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Poel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Poel families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 9 Poel families living in Quebec. This was 100% of all the recorded Poel's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Poel families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Poel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Poel ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Poel. 60% of Poel men worked as a Farmer. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Poel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Poel 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Poel. 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 Poel. For the veterans among your Poel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Poel lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2002, in the United States, Poel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Poel in 1963 was 80, and 79 in 2002.

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