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Shell Family History

Shell Name Meaning
English: habitational name from Shell, a place in Worcestershire, so named from Old English scylf ‘bank’, ‘shelf’.Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Schelle ‘bell’.Americanized spelling of German Schal or Schill.

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

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85,675 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
16,934 Military Records
2,413 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Shell Families

  • Number of Shell families
     85 - 167
     29 - 84
     1 - 28
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Shell families
     71 - 140
     24 - 70
     1 - 23
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Shell last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Shell census records

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Shell Family Origin

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Shell Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Shell

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Shell Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Shell census records

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Shell Civil War Service Records

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