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Cable Surname Meaning

English: probably from the personal name Kabell' which may be a survival of Anglo-Saxon Ceadbeald a compound of an originally Brittonic element cad ‘battle’ + Old English beald ‘brave bold’. English: metonymic occupational name for a maker of rope especially the type of stout rope used in maritime applications from Middle English cable ‘cable’ (from Late Latin capulum ‘halter’ a word of Arabic origin but associated by folk etymology with Latin capere ‘to seize’). English: metonymic occupational name for a horseman from Middle English cabal ‘horse’. Americanized form of German Göbel (see Goebel ) and Köbel (see Koebel ) and probably also of some other similar (like-sounding) surname. Compare Kable .

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

Similar surnames: Coble, Gable, Sable, Case, Gabler, Call, Caple, Cale, Cail, Babe

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Where is the Cable family from?

You can see how Cable families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cable family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cable families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 377 Cable families living in London. This was about 24% of all the recorded Cable's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Cable families in 1891.
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What did your Cable 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 Cable. 8% of Cable men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Cable women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cable were Gardener and Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Cowman
  • Bricklayer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Duties
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Census Records

There are 83,000 census records available for the last name Cable. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cable census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Cable. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Cable. For the veterans among your Cable ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cable lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Cable life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Cable in 1950 was 30, and 74 in 2004.

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