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Nell Family History

Nell Name Meaning

Dutch and German: from the personal name Nel a shortened form of Cornelius . South German: nickname from Middle High German nelle ‘crown of the head’ perhaps denoting an obstinate person. English: from the Middle English personal name Nelle. This may sometimes have been a variant of Nele (Nigellus see Neal ) but it was probably more often a pet form of the commoner name Elias (see Ellis ) with a prosthetic N-.

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

Similar surnames: Hell, Pell, Ell, Nill, Noll, Well, Knell, Nelle, Tell, Bell

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Where is the Nell family from?

You can see how Nell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nell families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 69 Nell families living in Yorkshire. This was about 23% of all the recorded Nell's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Nell families in 1891.
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What did your Nell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Silk woolen Agents and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Nell. 34% of Nell men worked as a Silk woolen Agents and 73% of Nell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nell were Silver Finisherspoon fork and Retired. .

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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

  • Silk woolen Agents
  • General Labourer
  • Silver Finisherspoon fork

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
  • Retired
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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Nell lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Nell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Nell in 1951 was 29, and 83 in 2004.

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