Dahl Family History

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Dahl Name Meaning

Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, North German, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from any of the medieval and modern forms of Germanic dala-, Old Norse dalr, ‘valley’. Throughout Norway and elsewhere in Scandinavia this is a common farm name. In some cases it is a habitational name from places in Germany named Dahl or Dahle, from the same word. As a Jewish family name this is a habitational name or an ornamental adoption.

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

Similar surnames: Dal, Wahl, Ahl, Dahle, Dahm, Zahl, Bahl, Fall, Dall, Vahl

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Dahl Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dahl name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Norway


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Sweden


  • Germanic Europe


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Dahl Family Origin

Where is the Dahl family from?

Dahl Family Occupations

What did your Dahl ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Dahl occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 11% of Dahl's were Annuitants. Annuitant, Carpenter and Cooper were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dahl. A less common occupation for the Dahl family was Cotton Picker (U N F).

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  • Annuitant

  • Carpenter

  • Cooper

  • Cotton Picker (U N F)


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

Dahl Historical Records

What Dahl family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 102,000 census records available for the last name Dahl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dahl 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 42,000 immigration records available for the last name Dahl. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Dahl. For the veterans among your Dahl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dahl Life Expectancy

What is the average Dahl lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Dahl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Dahl in 1944 was 43, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dahl

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dahl 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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