Peel Family History

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Peel Name Meaning

English (mainly northern): from Anglo-Norman French pel ‘stake’, ‘pole’ (Old French piel, from Latin palus), a nickname for a tall, thin man. It may also have been a topographic name for someone who lived by a stake fence or in a property defended by one, or a metonymic occupational name for a builder of such fences. Compare Pallister. Dutch: habitational name from places so called in North Brabant (where there is also a district called De Peel) and Dutch Limburg, from De Peel in Ravels, Antwerp province, or from Pedele in Kaggevinne and in Adorp, Brabant. German: possily a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place name.German: perhaps an altered spelling of Piel or Piehl.

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

Similar surnames: Peil, Pell, Peek, Pehl, Perl, Speer, Keel, Seel, Poel, Peet

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Peel Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Peel. 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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Peel Family Origin

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Peel Family Occupations

What did your Peel ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Peel family was Joiner. Coal Miner, Farmer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Peel. The most common Peel occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 6% of Peel's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Joiner


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Peel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 149,000 census records available for the last name Peel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Peel 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 60,000 immigration records available for the last name Peel. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Peel. For the veterans among your Peel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Peel Life Expectancy

What is the average Peel lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Peel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Peel in 1940 was 44, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Peel 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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