Cordell Family History

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Cordell Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a maker of cord or string or a nickname for an habitual wearer of decorative ties and ribbons, from a diminutive of Old French corde ‘rope’ (see Cordes). Americanized spelling of German Kardel (see Kardell).

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

Similar surnames: Cordes, Corbell, Cardell, Cornell, Correll, Cordle, Cordwell, Bodell

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Cordell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cordell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cordell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • European Jewish


  • Norway


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Cordell Family Origin

Where is the Cordell family from?

Cordell Family Occupations

What did your Cordell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Cordell family was Farming. The most common Cordell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Cordell's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cordell.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Cordell Historical Records

What Cordell family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 43,000 census records available for the last name Cordell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cordell 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Cordell. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Cordell. For the veterans among your Cordell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cordell Life Expectancy

What is the average Cordell lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Cordell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Cordell in 1948 was 25, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cordell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cordell 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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