Hamel Family History

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Hamel Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: variant spelling of Hamill. French: topographic name for someone who lived and worked at an outlying farm dependent on the main village, Old French hamel (a diminutive from a Germanic element cognate with Old English ham ‘homestead’). German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from the city of Hamlin, German Hameln, Yiddish Haml, where the Hamel river empties into the Weser. The name of the river probably derives from the Germanic element ham ‘water meadow’. Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a shepherd, from Middle Dutch hamel ‘wether’, ‘castrated ram’.

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

Similar surnames: Hamer, Hammel, Hazel, Havel, Camel, Habel, Kamel, Hammer, Harmel

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Hamel Family Origin

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Hamel Family Occupations

What did your Hamel ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Hamel family was Brewers Clerk. Labourer, Barrister Chief Clerk Board Of Trade and Boat Yard Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hamel. The most common Hamel occupation in the UK was Labourer. 6% of Hamel's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Barrister Chief Clerk Board Of Trade

  • Boat Yard Labourer

  • Brewers Clerk


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

Hamel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 89,000 census records available for the last name Hamel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hamel 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Hamel. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Hamel. For the veterans among your Hamel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hamel Life Expectancy

What is the average Hamel lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Hamel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Hamel in 1941 was 35, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hamel

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hamel 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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