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Dahl Surname Meaning

Norwegian and Danish: habitational name from a common farm name derived from Old Norse dalr ‘valley’. Swedish: topographic or ornamental name from an ornamental spelling of dal ‘valley’ or a habitational name from a placename containing this word e.g. Dalby. German: topographic name from Middle Low German dal ‘valley’ or a habitational name from any of the places in Germany named Dahl or Dahle from the same word. Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name as in 3 above or an adoption of the German surname.

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

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

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You can see how Dahl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dahl family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dahl families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 14 Dahl families living in London. This was about 25% of all the recorded Dahl's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Dahl families in 1891.
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What did your Dahl ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Dahl. 89% of Dahl women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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.

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Nurse
  • Cook
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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