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Blackwell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Blackwell for example in Cumbria Derbyshire County Durham Warwickshire Somerset Devon Sussex and Worcestershire named in Old English frp blæc ‘black dark’ + wæll(a) well(a) ‘spring stream’. Alternatively it may be a topographic name for someone who lived by the ‘dark well or stream’ Middle English blak + wel(le).

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


Similar surnames: Blacknall, Bracewell, Brockwell, Blackwood, Blakely, Bakewell

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Where is the Blackwell family from?

You can see how Blackwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Blackwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Blackwell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 65 Blackwell families living in Tennessee. This was about 13% of all the recorded Blackwell's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Blackwell families in 1840.
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What did your Blackwell ancestors do for a living?

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

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Blackwell. 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 44,000 military records available for the last name Blackwell. For the veterans among your Blackwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Blackwell lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Blackwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Blackwell in 1940 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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