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Speller Name Meaning

English and South German: occupational name for a reciter, from an agent derivative of Middle English spell(en), Middle High German spellen ‘to tell or relate’. In the case of the English surname there has probably been some confusion with Spiller. German: habitational name for someone from Spelle near Rheine. Variant of Spiller 1.

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


Similar surnames: Seller, Spiller, Peller, Feller, Beller, Selle, Zeller, Spille, Speer

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Where is the Speller family from?

You can see how Speller families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Speller family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Speller families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Speller families living in New York. This was about 42% of all the recorded Speller's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Speller families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Speller surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Speller ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Speller. 35% of Speller men worked as a Laborer and 27% of Speller women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Speller were Truck Driver 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
    35%
  • Farmer
    23%
  • Farming
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    27%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Laundress
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
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Census Records

There are 36,000 census records available for the last name Speller. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Speller 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Speller. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Speller. For the veterans among your Speller ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Speller lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Speller life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Speller in 1943 was 39, and 67 in 2004.

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