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Borel Name Meaning

French: from a diminutive of Boure, probably a nickname for someone who habitually dressed in brown, or a metonymic occupational name for a worker in the wool trade, from Old French b(o)ure, a type of coarse reddish brown woolen cloth with long hairs (Late Latin burra ‘coarse untreated wool’). However, the word had many other senses in Old French, among them ‘cushion’, ‘harness’, ‘collar’, ‘crest’, and ‘headdress’; the surname could equally have arisen as an occupational name for a maker or seller of any of these items, or as a nickname derived from one of these other senses. French: occupational name for a judicial torturer, from Old French bourreau, a derivative of bourrer, literally ‘to card wool’ and by extension ‘to maltreat or torture’. It may also be an occupational name for a wool carder, but the corresponding vocabulary word in Old French does not seem to be recorded in this sense. In some cases the name may be of English origin, a variant of the cognate Burrell. This name is found chiefly in LA and TX.

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

Similar surnames: Morel, Sorel, Borne, Borek, Bogel, Boros, Borer, Boden, Vorel, Orel

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Borel Family Occupations

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In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the UK named Borel. 72% of Borel women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties

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Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means

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Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Borel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Borel in 1947 was 41, and 75 in 2004.

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