Fell Family History

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Fell Name Meaning

English (chiefly northern): topographic name for someone who lived by an area of high ground or by a prominent crag, from northern Middle English fell ‘high ground’, ‘rock’, ‘crag’ (Old Norse fjall, fell). English, German, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a furrier, from Middle English fell, Middle High German vel, or German Fell or Yiddish fel, all of which mean ‘skin’, ‘hide’, or ‘pelt’. Yiddish fel refers to untanned hide, in contrast to pelts ‘tanned hide’ (see Pilcher).

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

Similar surnames: Bell, Fels, Pell, Fall, Dell, Well, Hell, Feld, Sell, Tell

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Fell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Fell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Fell Family Origin

Where is the Fell family from?

Fell Family Occupations

What did your Fell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Fell family was Butcher. The most common Fell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Fell's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fell.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Butcher


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Fell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 114,000 census records available for the last name Fell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Fell. 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 Card

There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Fell. For the veterans among your Fell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fell Life Expectancy

What is the average Fell lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Fell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Fell in 1944 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fell ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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