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Dalzell Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place in the Clyde valley recorded in 1200 in the forms Dalyell Daliel and in 1352 as Daleel apparently from Gaelic dail ‘field’ + g(h)eal ‘white’. The z in the spelling is not really a z at all; it represents Middle English ʒ and the pronunciation regardless of spelling was normally ‘Dee-ell’ or ‘Die-ell’ sometimes ‘Dal-yell’. Black quotes an ‘old Galloway rhyme’: ‘Deil (devil) and Da’yell begins with yae letter; Deil's nae gude and Da’yell's nae better’. Nowadays ‘Dal-zell’ and ‘Dal-zeel’ are also heard and are standard in North America. The name was introduced in the 17th century to Ireland (counties Louth and Down) where the normal spelling is Dalzell. The more common spelling Scotland is Dalziel .

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


Similar surnames: Delzell, Salkeld, Castell, Daniel, Darnell, Vassell, Axtell, Dalziel

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Where is the Dalzell family from?

You can see how Dalzell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dalzell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dalzell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 97 Dalzell families living in Lancashire. This was about 27% of all the recorded Dalzell's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Dalzell families in 1891.
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What did your Dalzell 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 Dalzell. 36% of Dalzell men worked as a General Labourer and 85% of Dalzell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dalzell were Farmer and Incapacitated. .

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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
    36%
  • Incapacitated
    22%
  • Colliery Hewerbelow
    15%
  • Farmer
    15%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    85%
  • Private Means
    5%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Dalzell. For the veterans among your Dalzell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dalzell lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Dalzell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Dalzell in 1951 was 55, and 76 in 2004.

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