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Roswell Surname Meaning

English (Somerset): apparently a habitational name from an unidentified place. In the absence of any evidence for a place called Ro(w)sewell or Ros(e)will this is perhaps a hypercorrect variant of Rowsell (see Rossell ) on the analogy of placenames where pronunciation of -well is colloquially shortened to -el.

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


Similar surnames: Rodwell, Croswell, Rowell, Doswell, Boswell, Oswell, Foxwell, Rossell

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Where is the Roswell family from?

You can see how Roswell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roswell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roswell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 47 Roswell families living in London. This was about 27% of all the recorded Roswell's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Roswell families in 1891.
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What did your Roswell 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 Roswell. 100% of Roswell men worked as a General Labourer and 83% of Roswell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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
    100%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    83%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    11%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Roswell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roswell 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Roswell. 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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Draft Cards

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

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What is the average Roswell lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Roswell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Roswell in 1950 was 40, and 71 in 2004.

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