Cable Family History

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Cable Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a maker of rope, especially the type of stout rope used in maritime applications, from Anglo-Norman French cable ‘cable’ (Late Latin capulum ‘halter’, of Arabic origin, but associated by folk etymology with Latin capere ‘to seize’). English: possibly from an Old English personal name, Ceadbeald. English: metonymic occupational name for a horseman, from Middle English cabal ‘horse’. From German Göbel (see Goebel), assimilated to the English name.

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

Similar surnames: Coble, Gable, Sable, Case, Gabler, Call, Caple, Cale, Cail, Babe

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Cable Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cable name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Cable Family Origin

Where is the Cable family from?

Cable Family Occupations

What did your Cable ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Cable occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Cable's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Cable family was Charwoman. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cable.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Charwoman


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

Cable Historical Records

What Cable family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 83,000 census records available for the last name Cable. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cable 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Cable. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Cable. For the veterans among your Cable ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cable Life Expectancy

What is the average Cable lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Cable life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Cable in 1950 was 30, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cable

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cable 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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