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Ezell Family History

Ezell Name Meaning

English: of unknown origin. The name was well established in the Carolinas by the mid 18th century. In one branch of the family the name was changed to Israel; this is a derivative, not the origin. Americanized form (under French influence) of German Esel, a nickname from Middle High German esel ‘donkey’.

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

Similar surnames: Hell, Knell, Gell, Edel, Gesell, Dell, Ebell, Quell, Zelle, Krell

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Where is the Ezell family from?

You can see how Ezell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ezell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ezell families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 34 Ezell families living in Tennessee. This was about 41% of all the recorded Ezell's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Ezell families in 1840.
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What did your Ezell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ezell. 29% of Ezell men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Ezell women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ezell were Farming and Maid.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Laborer
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Ezell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ezell 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 811 immigration records available for the last name Ezell. 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 Ezell. For the veterans among your Ezell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ezell lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Ezell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ezell in 1942 was 49, and 73 in 2004.

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