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Sorrell Name Meaning

English (southeastern): nickname for someone with reddish hair, from a diminutive of Anglo-Norman French sor ‘chestnut (color)’.

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


Similar surnames: Gorrell, Burrell, Corbell, Sorell, Morrell, Borrell, Cordell, Barrell

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Where is the Sorrell family from?

You can see how Sorrell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sorrell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sorrell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 19 Sorrell families living in North Carolina. This was about 39% of all the recorded Sorrell's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Sorrell families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sorrell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sorrell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sorrell. 20% of Sorrell men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Sorrell women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sorrell were Mechanic and Maid. .

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%
  • Mechanic
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
    10%
  • Cook
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
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Census Records

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Sorrell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sorrell 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 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Sorrell. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Sorrell. For the veterans among your Sorrell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sorrell lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Sorrell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Sorrell in 1943 was 27, and 75 in 2004.

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