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Gorrell Name Meaning

nickname from Middle English gorrell ‘fat man’ (from Old French gorel ‘pig’). from the Old English personal name Garwulf, composed of the elements gar ‘spear’ + wulf ‘wolf’. habitational name from any of various places named with Old English gor ‘dirt’, ‘mud’ + wella ‘spring’, ‘stream’, such as Gorwell in Essex and Dorset, or Gorrell in Devon.

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


Similar surnames: Orrell, Barrell, Worrell, Garrell, Cornell, Tyrrell, Burrell, Corbell

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Where is the Gorrell family from?

You can see how Gorrell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gorrell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gorrell families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 17 Gorrell families living in Virginia. This was about 26% of all the recorded Gorrell's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Gorrell families in 1840.
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What did your Gorrell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gorrell. 25% of Gorrell men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Gorrell women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gorrell were Salesman and Saleslady.

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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
    25%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farming
    6%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Saleslady
    8%
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Gorrell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gorrell 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gorrell. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Gorrell. For the veterans among your Gorrell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gorrell lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Gorrell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Gorrell in 1945 was 22, and 76 in 2004.

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