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Shewell Name Meaning

English: variant of Sewell with palatalization of the initial S-. The pronunciation may have been influenced through folk etymology by the English dialect word shewel for a scarecrow.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hewell, Sewell, Seawell, Sewall, Newell, Sowell, Clewell, Yewell

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Where is the Shewell family from?

You can see how Shewell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shewell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shewell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 12 Shewell families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 67% of all the recorded Shewell's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Shewell families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shewell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shewell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shewell. 15% of Shewell men worked as a Laborer and 39% of Shewell women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shewell were Foreman and Bookkeeper. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Butcher
  • Foreman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Typist
  • Seamstress
  • Bookkeeper
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Shewell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shewell 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 707 immigration records available for the last name Shewell. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Shewell. For the veterans among your Shewell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shewell lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Shewell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Shewell in 1945 was 31, and 76 in 2004.

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