Yell Family History

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Yell Name Meaning

English (Essex): unexplained; perhaps from the personal name Yuel, a form of the Biblical name Joel. Scottish (Shetland): from the name of the principal island of the Shetlands. According to Black, ‘Persons of this name in Shetland have changed to Dalziel, probably from the idea of its being more aristocratic, and spell Deyell or De Yell.’

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

Similar surnames: Bell, Hell, Pell, Nell, Ell, Sell, Gell, Tell, Well, Dell

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Yell Family Origin

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Yell Family Occupations

What did your Yell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Yell family was Teamster. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Yell. The most common Yell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Yell's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Teamster


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Yell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Yell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Yell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 386 immigration records available for the last name Yell. 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 Card

There are 958 military records available for the last name Yell. For the veterans among your Yell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Yell Life Expectancy

What is the average Yell lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Yell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Yell in 1951 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Yell ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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