Rockwell Family History

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Rockwell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Buckinghamshire and Somerset. The former was earlier Rockholt, and was so named from Old English hroc ‘rook’ (perhaps a byname) + holt ‘wood’. The second element of the Somerset place is probably (and more predictably) Old English well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’ (see Well).

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

Similar surnames: Brockwell, Rodwell, Rothwell, Stockwell, Sockwell, Foxwell, Bucknell

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Rockwell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rockwell name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Rockwell Family Origin

Where is the Rockwell family from?

Rockwell Family Occupations

What did your Rockwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Rockwell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Rockwell's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rockwell. A less common occupation for the Rockwell family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Rockwell Historical Records

What Rockwell family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 78,000 census records available for the last name Rockwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rockwell 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Rockwell. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Rockwell. For the veterans among your Rockwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rockwell Life Expectancy

What is the average Rockwell lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Rockwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Rockwell in 1945 was 29, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rockwell 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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