Tell Name Meaning

North German: from a pet form of Dietrich. South German: topographic name from Middle High German telle ‘gorge’, ‘depression’. The name of the Swiss hero Wilhelm Tell has not been explained. North German (mainly Westphalia): topographic name from Middle Low German telg(e) ‘branch’, ‘twig’, ‘undergrowth’. Catalan: topographic name from tila ‘linden’ (Latin tilia), denoting someone who lived near a conspicuous linden.

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


Similar surnames: Dell, Pell, Bell, Tull, Well, Toll, Nell, Ell, Fell, Hell

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Tell Family Origin

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Tell Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    30%
  • Laborer

    14%
  • Keeping House

    4%
  • Carpenter

    3%

In 1880, the most common Tell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Tell's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tell. A less common occupation for the Tell family was Carpenter.

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Tell Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1943 and 2004, Tell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Tell in 1943 was 40, and 89 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Tell

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