Cantrell Family History

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Cantrell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Cantrell in Devon, recorded as Canterhulle in 1330, from an unexplained first element + Old English hyll ‘hill’. English: from Old French chanterelle ‘small bell’, ‘treble’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a bellmaker or ringer. English: diminutive of Canter. French: nickname for someone who liked to sing.

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

Similar surnames: Cantwell, Carrell, Cottrell, Cartmell, Castell, Carel, Cantarella

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Cantrell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cantrell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cantrell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Cantrell Family Origin

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Cantrell Family Occupations

What did your Cantrell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Cantrell occupation in the UK was Farmer. 7% of Cantrell's were Farmers. Farmer, Coal Miner and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cantrell. A less common occupation for the Cantrell family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Annuitant

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Cantrell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Cantrell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 83,000 census records available for the last name Cantrell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cantrell 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Cantrell. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Cantrell. For the veterans among your Cantrell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cantrell Life Expectancy

What is the average Cantrell lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Cantrell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Cantrell in 1940 was 54, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cantrell 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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