Snell Family History

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Snell Name Meaning

English: nickname for a brisk or active person, from Middle English snell ‘quick’, ‘lively’, in part also representing a survival of the Old English personal name Snell or the cognate Old Norse Snjallr.

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

Similar surnames: Knell, Nell, Sell, Shell, Self, Hell, Stell, Still, Dell, Gell

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Snell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Snell name?

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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Snell Family Origin

Where is the Snell family from?

Snell Family Occupations

What did your Snell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Snell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Snell's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Snell family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Snell.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Snell Historical Records

What Snell family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 245,000 census records available for the last name Snell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Snell 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Snell. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Snell. For the veterans among your Snell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Snell Life Expectancy

What is the average Snell lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Snell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Snell in 1941 was 43, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Snell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Snell 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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