Jewell Family History

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Jewell Name Meaning

English (of Breton or Cornish origin): from a Celtic personal name, Old Breton Iudicael, composed of elements meaning ‘lord’ + ‘generous’, ‘bountiful’, which was borne by a 7th-century saint, a king of Brittany who abdicated and spent the last part of his life in a monastery. Forms of this name are found in medieval records not only in Devon and Cornwall, where they are of native origin, but also in East Anglia and even Yorkshire, whither they were imported by Bretons after the Norman Conquest.

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

Similar surnames: Sewell, Newell, Oswell, Rowell, Howell, Ewell, Levell, Powell, Elwell

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Jewell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Jewell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Jewell. 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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Jewell Family Origin

Where is the Jewell family from?

Jewell Family Occupations

What did your Jewell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Jewell. A less common occupation for the Jewell family was Farming. The most common Jewell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Jewell's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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Jewell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 184,000 census records available for the last name Jewell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jewell 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Jewell. 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 25,000 military records available for the last name Jewell. For the veterans among your Jewell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Jewell Life Expectancy

What is the average Jewell lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Jewell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Jewell in 1942 was 24, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Jewell 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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