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Parnell Surname Meaning

English: from the Middle English female personal name Pernel Parnell (Old French Peronel(le)) from Latin Petronilla a feminine pet form of the Latin personal name Petronius. Petronilla was the name of a supposed early Christian saint and martyr. This surname was also brought to Ireland from Cheshire in the 17th century by a family who had been supporters of Cromwell's Parliamentarians during the English Civil War. Charles Stewart Parnell who founded the Irish Parliamentary Party in 1882 was a descendant of this family. See also Pennell .

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

Similar surnames: Carnell, Arnell, Pannell, Purnell, Wartell, Perrell, Marnell, Barnell

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Where is the Parnell family from?

You can see how Parnell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Parnell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Parnell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 471 Parnell families living in Devon. This was about 15% of all the recorded Parnell's in United Kingdom. Devon had the highest population of Parnell families in 1891.
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What did your Parnell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Parnell. 9% of Parnell men worked as a Farmer and 68% of Parnell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Parnell were General Labourer 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

  • Farmer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Parnell. For the veterans among your Parnell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Parnell lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Parnell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Parnell in 1943 was 23, and 74 in 2004.

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