Darnell Family History

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Darnell Name Meaning

from Old French darnel ‘darnel’, an annual grass, Lolium temulentum, hence perhaps a topographic name. However, according to Reaney, the plant was believed to produce intoxication, so its adoption as a surname may have been for quite different reasons. In the British Isles the name is found chiefly in the central and east Midlands. variant spelling of Darnall.

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

Similar surnames: Farnell, Darney, Hartell, Darnall, Carrell, Arnell, Barrell, Wartell

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Darnell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Darnell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Darnell. 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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Darnell Family Origin

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Darnell Family Occupations

What did your Darnell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Darnell family was Laborer. The most common Darnell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 49% of Darnell's were Farmers. Farmer, Farming and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Darnell.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer


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Darnell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 69,000 census records available for the last name Darnell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Darnell 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Darnell. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Darnell. For the veterans among your Darnell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Darnell Life Expectancy

What is the average Darnell lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Darnell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Darnell in 1943 was 31, and 72 in 2004.

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