Agel last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Agel is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Agel.

Meaning of Agel

Derived from a German nickname meaning "pike," likely referring to a tall, thin person or a fierce fighter.

Agel, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Agel surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Agel in America

Agel is the 121590th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Agel surname appeared 142 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 people would have the surname Agel.

We can also compare 2010 data for Agel to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 121590 108734 11.16%
Count 142 151 -6.14%
Proportion per 100k 0.05 0.06 -18.18%

The history of the last name Agel

The surname Agel is believed to have originated in Germany, likely during the late medieval period or early Renaissance. It is thought to be derived from the Old German word "agil," meaning "point" or "edge," which may have been used to describe someone who lived near a pointed or edged landform or a person with a pointed or sharp personality.

One of the earliest known references to the Agel name can be found in a 15th-century manuscript from the region of Bavaria, where it was recorded as "Agel." This spelling suggests that the name may have initially been pronounced with a hard "g" sound, similar to the modern German pronunciation.

In the 16th century, records show the name appearing in various parts of southern Germany, with variations such as "Agell" and "Ageli." These variations likely arose due to regional dialects and scribal errors in transcription.

The first documented instance of the Agel surname is believed to be Hans Agel, who was born in the town of Augsburg, Bavaria, around 1480. Augsburg was a prominent cultural and economic center during this time, and it is possible that the Agel family played a role in the city's prosperous trade or artisan guilds.

Another notable figure with the Agel surname was Johann Agel, a Lutheran theologian and pastor who lived in the late 16th century. He was born in Nuremberg in 1563 and served as a minister in various churches throughout Germany until his death in 1632.

In the 17th century, the Agel name spread beyond Germany, with records showing individuals bearing this surname in neighboring regions such as Switzerland and Austria. One such individual was Christoph Agel, a Swiss clockmaker born in Basel in 1654, who is credited with perfecting the design of the pendulum clock.

As the centuries progressed, the Agel surname continued to be found throughout German-speaking regions, with some individuals emigrating to other parts of Europe and beyond. For example, in the 19th century, a family named Agel settled in the Netherlands, where their descendants can still be found today.

Overall, the surname Agel has a rich history rooted in the German-speaking regions of Europe, with its origins likely stemming from a descriptive Old German word. While not a widely common surname, it has been carried by notable individuals in various fields throughout the centuries, contributing to the cultural and historical tapestry of the regions where it has been found.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Agel

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Agel.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Agel was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 86.62% 123
Non-Hispanic Black Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.00% 0
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races (S)% (S)
Hispanic Origin 7.75% 11

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Agel has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 86.62% 86.09% 0.61%
Black (S)% 3.31% (S)%
Asian and Pacific Islander (S)% (S)% (S)%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.00% (S)% (S)%
Two or More Races (S)% 3.97% (S)%
Hispanic 7.75% 5.96% 26.11%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Agel was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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