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Seal Name Meaning

English: variant of Sale 1. English: metonymic occupational name for a maker of seals or signet rings, from Middle English, Old French seel ‘seal’ (Latin sigillum). English: metonymic occupational name for a maker of saddles, from Old French seele ‘saddle’. English: nickname for a plump or ungainly person, from Middle English sele ‘seal’ (the aquatic mammal). Americanized form (translation) of Jewish Siegel.

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

Similar surnames: Beal, Sell, Veal, Bean, Seel, Real, Seil, Pearl, Neal, Leal

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Where is the Seal family from?

You can see how Seal families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Seal family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Seal families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 73 Seal families living in Ontario. This was about 59% of all the recorded Seal's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Seal families in 1911.
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What did your Seal ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Seal. 23% of Seal 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
  • Labourer
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 87,000 census records available for the last name Seal. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Seal 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Seal. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Seal. For the veterans among your Seal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Seal lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Seal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Seal in 1944 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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