Zabel Family History

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Zabel Name Meaning

German: from a personal name of Slavic origin. Alternatively, perhaps, from Middle High German zabel ‘board game’ (Latin tabula), hence perhaps a nickname for an inveterate game player. North German: variant of Zobel.

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

Similar surnames: Kabel, Zobel, Gabel, Babel, Habel, Nebel, Aubel, Abel, Gaebel, Tafel

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Zabel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Zabel name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Zabel. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Zabel Family Origin

Where is the Zabel family from?

Zabel Family Occupations

What did your Zabel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Zabel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Zabel's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Cattle Trader were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Zabel. A less common occupation for the Zabel family was Gardner.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Cattle Trader

  • Gardner


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Zabel ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Zabel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Zabel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zabel census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Zabel. 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 Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Zabel. For the veterans among your Zabel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Zabel Life Expectancy

What is the average Zabel lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Zabel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Zabel in 1957 was 70, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Zabel ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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