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Patel Family History

Patel Surname Meaning

Indian (Gujarat Maharashtra Karnataka): status name meaning ‘village headman’ pəṭel in Gujarati and Marathi paṭēla in Kannada. It comes ultimately from Sanskrit paṭṭakila ‘tenant of royal land’. It is the most common surname among Indians immigrants to the US.

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


Similar surnames: Pate, Pal, Patil, Eitel, Pagel, Page, Pantel, Pytel, Patek, Gabel

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Where is the Patel family from?

You can see how Patel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Patel family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Patel families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 6 Patel families living in Channel Islands. This was about 38% of all the recorded Patel's in United Kingdom. Channel Islands had the highest population of Patel families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Patel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Patel ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Student and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Patel. 47% of Patel men worked as a Student and 100% of Patel women worked as an Unpaid 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

  • Student
    47%
  • Tailor
    20%
  • Shop Assistant
    20%
  • Medical Student
    14%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    100%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Patel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Patel 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Patel. 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 430 military records available for the last name Patel. For the veterans among your Patel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Patel lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Patel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Patel in 1959 was 59, and 67 in 2004.

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