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Thornell Name Meaning

Swedish: ornamental name composed of the element thorn an ornamental spelling of torn ‘thorn bush’ + the suffix -ell a derivative of the Latin adjectival ending -elius. English: variant of Thornhill .

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


Similar surnames: Thorsell, Thorell, Thorne, Thorner, Torell, Nordell, Forsell, Thoren

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Where is the Thornell family from?

You can see how Thornell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Thornell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Thornell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Thornell families living in Ohio. This was about 44% of all the recorded Thornell's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Thornell families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Thornell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Thornell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Thornell. 36% of Thornell men worked as a Farmer and 23% of Thornell women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Thornell 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

  • Farmer
    36%
  • Laborer
    24%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    23%
  • Seamstress
    23%
  • Waitress
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
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What Thornell family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Thornell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thornell 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 671 immigration records available for the last name Thornell. 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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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Thornell. For the veterans among your Thornell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Thornell lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Thornell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1963, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Thornell in 1958 was 50, and 73 in 2004.

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