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Barnwell Name Meaning

English (Warwickshire): habitational name from a place so called in Cambridgeshire and another in Northamptonshire both named with Old English beorn ‘warrior’ (genitive plural beorna) or the Old English personal name Beorna + well(a) ‘stream’. Irish (Dublin Meath): of English origin (the same as 1 above). Sir Michael de Berneval or de Barneval took part in Strongbow's expedition to Ireland in 117 He first held land in Berehavan Cork before the main landing in Leinster. The English surname was Gaelicized as de Bearnabhal.

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


Similar surnames: Bardwell, Banwell, Harwell, Bagwell, Birdwell, Barnhill, Farwell

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Where is the Barnwell family from?

You can see how Barnwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barnwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barnwell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 16 Barnwell families living in South Carolina. This was about 39% of all the recorded Barnwell's in USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Barnwell families in 1840.
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What did your Barnwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Barnwell. 22% of Barnwell men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Barnwell women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barnwell were Farm Laborer and Teacher. .

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Cook
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Barnwell. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Barnwell. For the veterans among your Barnwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barnwell lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Barnwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Barnwell in 1944 was 28, and 76 in 2004.

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