Dalzell Family History

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Dalzell Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place in the Clyde valley, recorded in 1200 in the forms Dalyell, Daliel and in 1352 as Daleel, apparently from Gaelic dail ‘field’ + g(h)eal ‘white’. The z in the spelling is not really a z at all; it represents Middle English ?, and the pronunciation, regardless of spelling, was normally ‘Dee-ell’ or ‘Die-ell’, sometimes ‘Dal-yell’. Black quotes an ‘old Galloway rhyme’: ‘Deil (devil) and Da’yell begins with yae letter; Deil’s nae gude and Da’yell’s nae better’. Nowadays ‘Dal-zell’ and ‘Dal-zeel’ are also heard, and are standard in North America. The name was introduced in the 17th century to Ireland (Counties Louth and Down), where the normal spelling is Dalzell. The more common spelling Scotland is Dalziel.

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

Similar surnames: Delzell, Salkeld, Castell, Daniel, Darnell, Vassell, Axtell, Dalziel

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Dalzell Family Origin

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Dalzell Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Dalzell occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 5% of Dalzell's were Annuitants. Annuitant, Farmer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dalzell. A less common occupation for the Dalzell family was Carter.

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  • Annuitant

  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Carter


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Dalzell Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Dalzell. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Dalzell. For the veterans among your Dalzell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dalzell Life Expectancy

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Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Dalzell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Dalzell in 1951 was 55, and 76 in 2004.

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