Knell Family History

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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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Knell Family Origin

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Knell Family Occupations

What did your Knell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Knell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 13% of Knell's were Farmers. Farmer, Carpenter and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Knell. A less common occupation for the Knell family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer


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Knell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Knell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Knell 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 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 Card

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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Knell Life Expectancy

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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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