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Farwell Name Meaning

English:: nickname from the Middle English phrase fare wel ‘do well prosper’ or perhaps from the saluation fare wel ‘farewell goodbye’. Compare Farewell habitational name from Farewell Staffordshire or another place so named (from Old English fæger ‘pleasant’ + wella ‘spring stream’).

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


Similar surnames: Harwell, Farnell, Foxwell, Haswell, Bardwell, Caswell, Burwell

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Where is the Farwell family from?

You can see how Farwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Farwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Farwell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 49 Farwell families living in Massachusetts. This was about 33% of all the recorded Farwell's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Farwell families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Farwell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Farwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Farwell. 18% of Farwell men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Farwell women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Farwell were Manager and Waitress. .

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Manager
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    15%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Waitress
    6%
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What Farwell family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Farwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Farwell 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 Farwell. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Farwell. For the veterans among your Farwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Farwell lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Farwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Farwell in 1945 was 21, and 75 in 2004.

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