Nail Family History

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Nail Name Meaning

English: from Middle English naile, nayle ‘nail’ (from Old English nægel), applied as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of nails, or as a nickname for a tall thin person. Americanized form of German Nagel.

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

Similar surnames: Fail, Bail, Lail, Cail, Gail, Hall, Hail, Cain, Maul, Nall

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Nail Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nail name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Nail Family Origin

Where is the Nail family from?

Nail Family Occupations

What did your Nail ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Nail occupation in the UK was Carpenter. 11% of Nail's were Carpenters. A less common occupation for the Nail family was Agl Labourer. Carpenter, Coal Miner and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nail.

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  • Carpenter

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Agl Labourer


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

Nail Historical Records

What Nail family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Nail. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nail 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Nail. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Nail. For the veterans among your Nail ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nail Life Expectancy

What is the average Nail lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Nail life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Nail in 1944 was 26, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nail 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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