Pell Family History

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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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Pell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Pell. 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


  • European Jewish


  • Italy


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Pell Family Origin

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Pell Family Occupations

What did your Pell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Pell family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pell. The most common Pell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Pell's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Pell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Pell Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Pell Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pell 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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