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Turkel Family History

Turkel Surname Meaning

Jewish (from Ukraine): nickname for a chatterer from the Ukrainian verb turkaty ‘to tell over and over again’ + the agent suffix -el. English: from the Old Norse personal name Thorkell a shortened form of a name composed of the elements Thórr the name of the Scandinavian god of thunder + ketill ‘sacrificial cauldron helmet’. The personal name Thurkill or Thirkill was in use throughout England in the Middle Ages; in northern England it had been introduced directly by Scandinavian settlers whereas in the South it was the result of Norman influence.

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


Similar surnames: Tucker, Turk, Turner, Turley, Muriel, Tukes, Kunkel, Tuel, Markel

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Where is the Turkel family from?

You can see how Turkel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Turkel family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1891 and 1920. The most Turkel families were found in USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 27 Turkel families living in New York. This was about 55% of all the recorded Turkel's in USA. New York had the highest population of Turkel families in 1920.
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What did your Turkel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Turkel. 23% of Turkel men worked as a Salesman and 27% of Turkel women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Turkel were Lawyer and Teacher. .

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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

  • Salesman
    23%
  • Manager
    14%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Lawyer
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Saleslady
    27%
  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Bookkeeper
    20%
  • Teacher
    20%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Turkel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Turkel 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 861 immigration records available for the last name Turkel. 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 250 military records available for the last name Turkel. For the veterans among your Turkel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Turkel lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Turkel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Turkel in 1964 was 66, and 81 in 2004.

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