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Mansell Name Meaning

English (mainly West Midlands):: (of Norman origin): habitational name from Old French mansel ‘inhabitant of Le Mans or the surrounding area of Maine’. The place was originally named in Latin (ad) Ceromannos from the name of the Gaulish tribe living there the Ceromanni. The name was shortened to Celmans and then became Le Mans as a result of the mistaken identification of the first syllable with the Old French demonstrative adjective. status name for a particular type of feudal tenant Anglo-Norman French mansel one who occupied a manse (from Late Latin mansa ‘dwelling’) a measure of land sufficient to support one family. some early examples such as Thomas filius Manselli (Northumbria 1256) point to derivation from a personal name perhaps the ancient Germanic derivative of Mann 2 Latinized as Manzellinus.

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

Similar surnames: Ansell, Manser, Munsell, Maxwell, Mantel, Vassell, Manuel, Mundell

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Where is the Mansell family from?

You can see how Mansell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mansell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mansell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Mansell families living in Maine. This was about 38% of all the recorded Mansell's in USA. Maine had the highest population of Mansell families in 1840.
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What did your Mansell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Mansell. 20% of Mansell men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Mansell women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mansell were Truck Driver and Saleslady. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Seamstress
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Saleslady
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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Mansell. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Mansell. For the veterans among your Mansell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mansell lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Mansell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Mansell in 1950 was 38, and 78 in 2004.

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