Shell Family History

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Shell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Shell, a place in Worcestershire, so named from Old English scylf ‘bank’, ‘shelf’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Schelle ‘bell’. Americanized spelling of German Schal or Schill.

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

Similar surnames: Sell, Hell, Helle, Rishell, Shall, Knell, Shelley, Snell, Stell

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Shell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Shell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Shell. 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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Shell Family Origin

Where is the Shell family from?

Shell Family Occupations

What did your Shell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Shell family was Keeping House. The most common Shell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 49% of Shell's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shell.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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

Shell Historical Records

What Shell family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 71,000 census records available for the last name Shell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shell 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Shell. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Shell. For the veterans among your Shell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shell Life Expectancy

What is the average Shell lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Shell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Shell in 1945 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shell 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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