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Knell Family History

Knell Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone living by a knoll or hilltop, from Middle English knelle (Old English cnyll(e), cnell(e), a derivative of Old English cnoll), or a habitational name from a minor place named with this word, for example Knell or Knelle in Sussex. South German: from Middle High German knellen ‘to cause to explode’, ‘to snap one’s fingers’, hence a nickname for a noisy, loud-mouthed person, or in Swabia and Bavaria for someone who cursed a lot.

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


Similar surnames: Knoll, Nell, Kell, Dell, Snell, Krell, Hell, Knoell, Keil, Kiehl

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Where is the Knell family from?

You can see how Knell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Knell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Knell families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Knell families living in Ohio. This was about 33% of all the recorded Knell's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Knell families in 1840.
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What did your Knell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Knell. 15% of Knell men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Knell women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Knell were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
    15%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Saleslady
    9%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Knell. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Knell. For the veterans among your Knell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Knell lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Knell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Knell in 1950 was 45, and 83 in 2004.

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