Orrell Family History

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Orrell Name Meaning

English (Lancashire): habitational name from either of two minor places in Lancashire called Orell, from Old English ora ‘ore’ + hyll ‘hill’, probably denoting a hill with deposits of iron ore. Reaney and Wilson also mention a medieval female personal name, Orella, but there is no evidence of a link with the surname. Swedish: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Gorrell, Worrell, Cornell, Correll, Morrell, Orell, Oswell, Borrello

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Orrell Family Origin

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Orrell Family Occupations

What did your Orrell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Orrell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Orrell's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Orrell. A less common occupation for the Orrell family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming

  • Laborer


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Orrell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Orrell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Orrell 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Orrell. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Orrell. For the veterans among your Orrell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Orrell Life Expectancy

What is the average Orrell lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Orrell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Orrell in 1949 was 53, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Orrell 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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