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Doswell Family History

Doswell Name Meaning

English (Hampshire and Surrey): variant of Dowdeswell a habitational name from Dowdeswell in Gloucestershire possibly named from an Old English personal name Dogod + Old English wella ‘spring stream’.

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


Similar surnames: Oswell, Boswell, Rodwell, Cogswell, Colwell, Bonwell, Foxwell

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Where is the Doswell family from?

You can see how Doswell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Doswell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Doswell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 6 Doswell families living in Virginia. This was about 86% of all the recorded Doswell's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Doswell families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Doswell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Doswell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Doswell. 40% of Doswell men worked as a Laborer and 23% of Doswell women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Doswell were Carpenter and Housework. .

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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
    40%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Porter
    7%
  • Carpenter
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    23%
  • Teacher
    19%
  • Laundress
    14%
  • Housework
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Doswell. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Doswell. For the veterans among your Doswell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Doswell lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Doswell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Doswell in 1945 was 60, and 74 in 2004.

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