Wedel Family History

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Wedel Name Meaning

habitational name from any of various places called Wedel or Wedell, all in northern Germany. (in northwestern Germany) topographic name for someone who lived in a forest, from Middle Low German wede ‘wood’, ‘forest’ + lo ‘brush’, ‘wood’.

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

Similar surnames: Reder, Redel, Wendel, Eder, Weiden, Wege, Edel, Weidel, Medel, Wadel

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Wedel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wedel name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Sweden


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Wedel Family Origin

Where is the Wedel family from?

Wedel Family Occupations

What did your Wedel ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Wedel occupation in the UK was Joiner. 100% of Wedel's were Joiners.

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  • Joiner


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

Wedel Historical Records

What Wedel family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Wedel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wedel 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Wedel. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Wedel. For the veterans among your Wedel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wedel Life Expectancy

What is the average Wedel lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Wedel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Wedel in 1951 was 43, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wedel

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wedel 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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