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Call Surname Meaning

Irish: shortened form of McCall . English: from Middle English calle cale (Old English cawl) ‘container basket net’ commonly used of a kind of hair net close-fitting cap or headdress worn by women to cover tied-up hair. The name could have been given as a metonymic occupational name to a maker of women's caps or perhaps of baskets or nets. English: alternatively perhaps a nickname from Middle English cale (also calle) a side form of calwe ‘bald’ (from Old English calu). English: topographic name or metonymic occupational name for someone who lived by or worked at a sheepfold from Middle English caule calle cale ‘sheepfold’. Catalan: topographic name from call ‘narrow track’ (from Latin callis). Compare Calle . Possibly an Americanized form of German Koll or Goll .

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

Similar surnames: Coll, Ball, Wall, Fall, Hall, Gall, Cale, Calk, Cull, Cail

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Where is the Call family from?

You can see how Call families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Call family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Call families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 108 Call families living in London. This was about 21% of all the recorded Call's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Call families in 1891.
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What did your Call ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Call. 24% of Call men worked as a General Labourer and 80% of Call women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Call were Mason and Private Means. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • General Labourer Heavy Worker
  • Bricklayer mason
  • Mason

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Servant
  • Private Means
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Passenger Lists

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There are 40,000 military records available for the last name Call. For the veterans among your Call ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Call lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Call life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Call in 1947 was 61, and 76 in 2004.

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