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Seal Surname Meaning

English: either a habitational name from Seal (Kent) Seale (Surrey) or Sele in Upper Beeding (Sussex) all of which probably derive from Old English sele ‘hall building’ (though the Surrey placename may arise from Old English sēale dative form of salh ‘willow’) or else a topographic name for someone who lived at a boggy patch (Kentish Middle English and Old English sele) or a hall. Compare Sale 1- English: habitational name from Overseal or Netherseal (Derbyshire) probably from Old English scegel ‘small wood’. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a willow copse or at a place marked by a willow or willows from Middle English sele ‘willow’ (Old English sele) in northern England representing Old Norse selja and in southwestern England representing Old English (West Saxon) sealh. The name was probably interchangeable with the synonymous Middle English sale (Old English salh Old Norse salr) and in some cases the surname may have functioned as a variant of Sale . In southwestern England initial S- was frequently voiced to Z- as in the Wiltshire placename Zeals (from the plural form of Old English sealh). However the medieval form of the placename is overwhelmingly in the plural and this may also survive as Sales . English: nickname for someone thought to resemble a seal perhaps a plump or ungainly person from Middle English sele ‘seal’ (Old English seolh). English: perhaps a nickname for a maker of seals or signet rings from Middle English and Old French seel ‘seal’ (from Latin sigillum) though there is no evidence that this name became hereditary. Americanized form (translation into English) of Jewish Siegel .

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

Similar surnames: Beal, Sell, Veal, Bean, Seel, Real, Seil, Pearl, Neal, Leal

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You can see how Seal families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Seal family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Seal families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 399 Seal families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Seal's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Seal families in 1891.
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What did your Seal ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Seal. 15% of Seal men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Seal women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Seal were Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Gardener
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
  • Unpaid Domestic
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What is the average Seal lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Seal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Seal in 1944 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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