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Ell Name Meaning

German and Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a dealer in cloth or a tailor, from Middle High German, Middle Low German el(l)e ‘yardstick’, ‘length of the lower arm’. German: from a short form, Edilo, from any of various Germanic personal names composed with adal ‘noble family’. English: from the female personal name Ela, a reduced form of Elena and possibly also of Eleanor.

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


Similar surnames: Pell, Bell, Hell, Nell, Well, Tell, Fell, Gell, Kell, Dell

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Where is the Ell family from?

You can see how Ell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ell families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Ell families living in New Jersey. This was about 33% of all the recorded Ell's in the USA. New Jersey and 1 other state had the highest population of Ell families in 1840.
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What did your Ell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ell. 26% of Ell men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Ell women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ell were Truck Driver and Servant.

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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

  • Farmer
    26%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    15%
  • Housework
    13%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Servant
    9%
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Census Records

There are 43,000 census records available for the last name Ell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Ell. 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 26,000 military records available for the last name Ell. For the veterans among your Ell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ell lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ell in 1940 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

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