Roll Family History

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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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Roll Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Roll name?

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


  • Norway


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Roll Family Origin

Where is the Roll family from?

Roll Family Occupations

What did your Roll ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Roll. The most common Roll occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Roll's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Roll 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 Roll ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Roll Historical Records

What Roll family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Roll Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Roll 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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