Engel Family History

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Engel Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from a short form of various Germanic personal names (see, for example, Engelbert and Engelhard). A number of different elements have fallen together in Engel-, mainly Ingal, extended form of Ing, the name of a Germanic god or folk hero, and Angel ‘Angle’. The Angles were a Germanic tribe living on the Jutland peninsula; in the 5th–6th centuries they invaded eastern and northern Britain and gave their name to England (Old English Englaland ‘land of the Angles’). German and Dutch: in some cases a habitational name for someone living at a house bearing the sign of an angel, Middle High German engel. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Engel ‘angel’ (see 2).

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

Similar surnames: Angel, Mengel, Hengel, Engen, Wengel, Enger, Rengel, Wendel, Bengel

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Engel Family Origin

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Engel Family Occupations

What did your Engel ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, French Polisher (furniture) and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Engel. 20% of Engel men worked as a French Polisher (furniture) and 63% of Engel women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Engel were Lorry Driver and Dressmaker

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • French Polisher (furniture)
  • Private Means
  • Dental Surgeon
  • Lorry Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
  • Dressmaker

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Engel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 102,000 census records available for the last name Engel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Engel 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 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Engel. 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 36,000 military records available for the last name Engel. For the veterans among your Engel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Engel Life Expectancy

What is the average Engel lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Engel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Engel in 1941 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

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