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Darnell Surname Meaning

English:: topographic name denoting someone who lived by a patch of darnel (Middle English darnel or dernel from Old French darnel) an annual grass (Lolium temulentum). The plant was formerly believed to produce intoxication and hence may also have given rise to a nickname. In Britain the name is found mainly in the central and east Midlands. variant of Darnall .

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

Similar surnames: Farnell, Darney, Hartell, Darnall, Carrell, Arnell, Barrell, Wartell

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Where is the Darnell family from?

You can see how Darnell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Darnell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Darnell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 159 Darnell families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Darnell's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Darnell families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Darnell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Darnell 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 Darnell. 21% of Darnell men worked as a General Labourer and 73% of Darnell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Darnell were Market Gardeners Labourer and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Farm Labourer
  • Insurance Agent
  • Market Gardeners Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 69,000 census records available for the last name Darnell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Darnell 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Darnell. 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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There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Darnell. For the veterans among your Darnell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Darnell lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Darnell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Darnell in 1943 was 31, and 72 in 2004.

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