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Jokela Family History

Jokela Surname Meaning

Finnish: habitational name from farms so named from joki ‘river’ + the locative suffix -la with reference to their riverside location. Established as a hereditary surname since the 19th century in western southern and northern Finland. In the name-changing campaigns of the early 20th century the name was also adopted as an ornamental name by Finns without surnames and by those wishing to replace Swedish surnames.

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


Similar surnames: Koskela, Kotila, Makela, Kell, Rosell, Rodela, Morera, Kula, Morea

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Where is the Jokela family from?

You can see how Jokela families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jokela family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Jokela families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there was 1 Jokela family living in Minnesota. This was 100% of all the recorded Jokela's in USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Jokela families in 1880.
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What did your Jokela ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Jokela. 23% of Jokela men worked as a Farmer and 40% of Jokela women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jokela were Dairy Farmer 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
    23%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Miner
    13%
  • Dairy Farmer
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    40%
  • Maid
    20%
  • Housework
    20%
  • Waitress
    20%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Jokela. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jokela 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Jokela. 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 268 military records available for the last name Jokela. For the veterans among your Jokela ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jokela lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Jokela life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Jokela in 1962 was 67, and 78 in 2004.

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