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Doswell Family History

Doswell Name Meaning

English: probably a habitational name from Dowdeswell in Gloucestershire, named from an Old English personal name Dogod + Old English wella ‘spring’, ‘stream’.

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


Similar surnames: Oswell, Boswell, Rodwell, Cogswell, Colwell, Bonwell, Foxwell

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Where is the Doswell family from?

You can see how Doswell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Doswell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Doswell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 103 Doswell families living in London. This was about 31% of all the recorded Doswell's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Doswell families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Doswell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Doswell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Carpenter and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Doswell. 13% of Doswell men worked as a Carpenter and 89% of Doswell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Doswell were Rivetters Labourer Heavy Work and Domestic Duties. .

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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

  • Carpenter
    13%
  • General Labourer
    13%
  • Gardener
    10%
  • Rivetters Labourer Heavy Work
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    89%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Domestic Servant
    3%
  • Domestic Duties
    3%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Doswell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Doswell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Doswell. 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 Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Doswell. For the veterans among your Doswell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Doswell lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Doswell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Doswell in 1945 was 60, and 74 in 2004.

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