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Showell Family History

Showell Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): from Middle English schovel ‘shovel’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of shovels, or for someone who regularly used a shovel in his work.

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


Similar surnames: Howell, Stowell, Mowell, Shotwell, Sewell, Shadwell, Crowell, Ashwell

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Where is the Showell family from?

You can see how Showell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Showell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Showell families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Showell families living in Maryland. This was about 33% of all the recorded Showell's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Showell families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Showell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Showell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Showell. 50% of Showell men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Showell women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Showell were Janitor and Pinner.

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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
    50%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Farming
    8%
  • Janitor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    20%
  • Housework
    12%
  • Servant
    10%
  • Pinner
    9%
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What Showell family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Showell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Showell 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 972 immigration records available for the last name Showell. 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 Showell. For the veterans among your Showell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Showell lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Showell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Showell in 1956 was 49, and 70 in 2004.

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