Colwell Family History

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Colwell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Northumberland and Devon named Colwell. The former is named with Old English col ‘(char)coal’ or col ‘cool’ + well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’; the latter has as the first element a Celtic river name, Coly, apparently meaning ‘narrow’.

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

Similar surnames: Olwell, Cowell, Cromwell, Oswell, Cogswell, Doswell, Cornell

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Colwell Family Origin

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Colwell Family Occupations

What did your Colwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Colwell family was Farming. The most common Colwell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Colwell's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Colwell.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Colwell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Colwell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 89,000 census records available for the last name Colwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Colwell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Colwell. 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 Card

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Colwell. For the veterans among your Colwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Colwell Life Expectancy

What is the average Colwell lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Colwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Colwell in 1942 was 33, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Colwell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Colwell ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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