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Cantwell Family History

Cantwell Name Meaning

Irish and English (of Norman origin): probably a habitational name but no convincing origin for it has yet been identified.

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


Similar surnames: Cantrell, Caldwell, Hartwell, Caswell, Carswell, Banwell, Cranwell

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Where is the Cantwell family from?

You can see how Cantwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cantwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cantwell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Cantwell families living in Ohio. This was about 21% of all the recorded Cantwell's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Cantwell families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cantwell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cantwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cantwell. 13% of Cantwell men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Cantwell women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cantwell were Clerk 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
    13%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 51,000 census records available for the last name Cantwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cantwell 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Cantwell. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Cantwell. For the veterans among your Cantwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cantwell lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cantwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1947. The average life expectancy for Cantwell in 1944 was 22, and 72 in 2004.

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