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Harwell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places called Harwell (Berkshire Nottinghamshire). The Berkshire placename probably derives from an old hill name Hāra (itself from Old English hār ‘gray’) + Old English wella ‘well spring stream’ while the Nottinghamshire placename probably comes from Old English here ‘army’ + wella ‘well spring stream’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hartell, Haswell, Farwell, Hartwell, Harvell, Shadwell, Caswell

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Where is the Harwell family from?

You can see how Harwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harwell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 35 Harwell families living in Tennessee. This was about 28% of all the recorded Harwell's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Harwell families in 1840.
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What did your Harwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Harwell. 27% of Harwell men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Harwell women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harwell were Farm Laborer and Secretary. .

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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
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Secretary
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Census Records

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Harwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harwell 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 Harwell. 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 Harwell. For the veterans among your Harwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harwell lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Harwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Harwell in 1945 was 29, and 73 in 2004.

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