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Tunnell Family History

Tunnell Name Meaning

English (Surrey): apparently from an unrecorded Middle English female personal name Ton(h)ild (Old English Tūnhild from tūn ‘enclosure farm village’ + hild ‘battle’). Americanized form of French Tonnelier: occupational name for a cooper (Old) French tonnelier.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Gunnell, Bunnell, Fennell, Quinnell, Rundell, Dunwell, Tennell

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Where is the Tunnell family from?

You can see how Tunnell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tunnell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tunnell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Tunnell families living in Delaware. This was about 23% of all the recorded Tunnell's in USA. Delaware had the highest population of Tunnell families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tunnell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tunnell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Tunnell. 30% of Tunnell men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Tunnell women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tunnell were Manager and Farmer. .

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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

  • Farmer
    30%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Manager
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    17%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Farmer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Tunnell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tunnell 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 Tunnell. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Tunnell. For the veterans among your Tunnell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tunnell lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Tunnell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Tunnell in 1947 was 40, and 70 in 2004.

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