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Roll Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German rolle, rulle ‘roll’, ‘list’, possibly applied as a metonymic occupational name for a scribe. German: from a short form of the personal names Rudolf or Roland. German: habitational name for someone from either of two places named Rolle, in Westphalia and Pomerania. English: variant of Rollo or Rolf.

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


Similar surnames: Boll, Doll, Kroll, Noll, Rolf, Poll, Toll, Holl, Soll, Rock

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Where is the Roll family from?

You can see how Roll families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roll family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roll families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 19 Roll families living in Ohio. This was about 37% of all the recorded Roll's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Roll families in 1840.
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What did your Roll ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Roll. 17% of Roll men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Roll women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roll were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 37,000 census records available for the last name Roll. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roll 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Roll. 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 51,000 military records available for the last name Roll. For the veterans among your Roll ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Roll lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Roll life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Roll in 1944 was 27, and 75 in 2004.

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