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Sell Name Meaning

English: from Middle English selle, a rough hut of the type normally occupied by animals, hence a topographic name for someone who lived in a hut like this. In many cases the name may have been in effect a metonymic occupational name for a herdsman. Americanized spelling of Hungarian and Hungarian Jewish Széll, a topographic name for someone who lived in a spot exposed to the wind, from Hungarian szél ‘wind’. German: variant of Selle.

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

Similar surnames: Bell, Fell, Soll, Pell, Tell, Seal, Selle, Hell, Dell, Kell

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Where is the Sell family from?

You can see how Sell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sell families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 38 Sell families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 43% of all the recorded Sell's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Sell families in 1840.
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What did your Sell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sell. 19% of Sell men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Sell women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sell were Carpenter and Stenographer.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 73,000 census records available for the last name Sell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sell 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 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Sell. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Sell. For the veterans among your Sell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sell lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Sell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sell in 1947 was 37, and 80 in 2004.

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