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Council Name Meaning

English: nickname for a wise or thoughtful man, from Anglo-Norman French counseil ‘consultation’, ‘deliberation’, also ‘counsel’, ‘advice’ (Latin consilium, from consulere ‘to consult’). This form was probably influenced by the similar meaning of Anglo-Norman French councile ‘council’, ‘assembly’ (Latin concilium ‘assembly’, from the archaic verb concalere ‘to call together’, ‘to summon’), and it may also have been an occupational name for a member of a royal council or, more probably, a manorial council. Americanized spelling of German Künzel (see Kuenzel).

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

Similar surnames: Councill, Cornell, Cousin, Couch, Coufal, Cecil, Counce, Condit

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Council Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Council name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Council Family Origin

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Council Family Occupations

What did your Council ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Council. A less common occupation for the Council family was Farming. The most common Council occupation in the USA was Farmer. 46% of Council's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Farming


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Council Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Council. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Council 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 914 immigration records available for the last name Council. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Council. For the veterans among your Council ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Council Life Expectancy

What is the average Council lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Council life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Council in 1948 was 38, and 72 in 2004.

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