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Fahl Surname Meaning

German: nickname for someone with a pale complexion or with very fair hair from Middle High German val ‘pale wan’. In some cases it may be a from a shortened form of any of various ancient Germanic compound names with Fahl as the first element.

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


Similar surnames: Bahl, Vahl, Ahl, Wahl, Fall, Faul, Zahl, Fohl, Pfahl, Kahl

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Where is the Fahl family from?

You can see how Fahl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fahl family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Fahl families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 4 Fahl families living in London. This was 100% of all the recorded Fahl's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Fahl families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Fahl surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Fahl ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Inspector were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fahl. 20% of Fahl men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Fahl women worked as an Inspector. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fahl were Salesman and Waitress. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Truck Driver
    11%
  • Salesman
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Inspector
    16%
  • Housekeeper
    16%
  • Teacher
    16%
  • Waitress
    11%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Fahl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fahl census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 809 immigration records available for the last name Fahl. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Fahl. For the veterans among your Fahl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fahl lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Fahl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Fahl in 1949 was 60, and 72 in 2004.

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