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Waddell Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Wedale near Galashiels (Selkirkshire). This was also the old name of the parish of Stow in Midlothian. The placename may be from Old English wēoh ‘heathen shrine’ (and if so an example which is unusually far north and therefore Old English wēod ‘weed herb’ might be preferred) + dæl ‘hollow dell’. English: habitational name from Wadden Hall in Waltham (Kent). The placename may derive from an Old English personal name Wæda (genitive Wæden) or Old English wāden ‘growing with woad’ + Old English halh ‘nook corner of land’. English: perhaps a habitational name from Woodhill Park in Clyffe Pypard (Wiltshire). The placename derives from Old English wād ‘woad’ + hyll ‘hill’. Alternatively this name might derive from a hypothetical Middle English personal name Wadel (Old English Wædel). English: habitational name occasionally perhaps from Odell (Bedfordshire) which is recorded as Wadehelle in 1086; see O'Dell .

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

Similar surnames: Woodell, Wooddell, Wadell, Waddel, Wassell, Wardwell, Adwell, Sandell

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You can see how Waddell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Waddell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Waddell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Waddell families living in New York. This was about 16% of all the recorded Waddell's in USA. New York had the highest population of Waddell families in 1840.
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What did your Waddell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Waddell. 18% of Waddell men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Waddell women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Waddell were Farming and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
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What is the average Waddell lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Waddell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Waddell in 1944 was 48, and 72 in 2004.

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