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Pell Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Pell, a pet form of Peter. English: metonymic occupational name for a dealer in furs, from Middle English, Old French pel ‘skin’. English: variant of Pill 1. German: variant of Pelle or, in some instances, a variant of Pfell, the South German form of this name, from Middle High German phelle(e) ‘purple silk cloth’.

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


Similar surnames: Pelle, Hell, Bell, Fell, Ell, Poll, Nell, Well, Peil, Tell

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Where is the Pell family from?

You can see how Pell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 37 Pell families living in New York. This was about 47% of all the recorded Pell's in USA. New York had the highest population of Pell families in 1840.
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What did your Pell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pell. 18% of Pell men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Pell women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pell were Clerk and Clerk. .

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 62,000 census records available for the last name Pell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pell 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Pell. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Pell. For the veterans among your Pell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pell lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Pell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Pell in 1941 was 56, and 78 in 2004.

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