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Russell Family History

Russell Name Meaning
English, Scottish, and Irish: from Rousel, a common Anglo-Norman French nickname for someone with red hair, a diminutive of Rouse with the hypocoristic suffix -el.Americanized spelling of German Rüssel, from a pet form of any of the various personal names formed with the Old High German element hrod ‘renown’.

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

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265,329 Military Records
181,167 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Russell Families

  • Number of Russell families
     1,245 - 2,488
     416 - 1,244
     1 - 415
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Russell families
     2,846 - 5,690
     949 - 2,845
     1 - 948
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Russell families
     2,388 - 4,773
     797 - 2,387
     1 - 796
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Russell Family Origin

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Russell Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Russell

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Russell Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Russell Civil War Service Records

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