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Distel Name Meaning

German North German and Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of ground overgrown with thistles or perhaps a nickname for a ‘prickly’ person from Middle High German Middle Low German Middle Dutch distel ‘thistle’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): probably in most cases an unflattering name bestowed on Jews by non-Jewish government officials in 18th- and 19th-century central Europe.

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


Similar surnames: Postel, Dautel, Eitel, Doster, Rittel, Kittel, Kisiel, Fissel, Bittel

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Where is the Distel family from?

You can see how Distel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Distel family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Distel families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 6 Distel families living in Lancashire. This was 100% of all the recorded Distel's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Distel families in 1891.
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What did your Distel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Distel. 15% of Distel men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Distel women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Distel were Salesman and Waitress. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Proprietor
    12%
  • Truck Driver
    11%
  • Salesman
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    28%
  • House Keeper
    19%
  • New Worker
    19%
  • Waitress
    19%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Distel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Distel 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 771 immigration records available for the last name Distel. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Distel. For the veterans among your Distel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Distel lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Distel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Distel in 1951 was 35, and 62 in 2004.

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