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Elwell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Elwell in Dorset from Old English hǣl ‘omen’ or hǣle ‘hale safe’ or hǣllu ‘health healing’ + well(a) ‘spring stream’. The reference is probably to a spring now called the Wishing Well. Compare Halliwell .

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

Similar surnames: Olwell, Ewell, Colwell, Oswell, Sewell, Ledwell, Rowell, Adwell

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Where is the Elwell family from?

You can see how Elwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Elwell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 44 Elwell families living in Maine. This was about 22% of all the recorded Elwell's in USA. Maine had the highest population of Elwell families in 1840.
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What did your Elwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Elwell. 15% of Elwell men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Elwell women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elwell were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 47,000 census records available for the last name Elwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elwell 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Elwell. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Elwell. For the veterans among your Elwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Elwell lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Elwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Elwell in 1947 was 40, and 76 in 2004.

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