Ell Name Meaning

German and Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a dealer in cloth or a tailor, from Middle High German, Middle Low German el(l)e ‘yardstick’, ‘length of the lower arm’. German: from a short form, Edilo, from any of various Germanic personal names composed with adal ‘noble family’. English: from the female personal name Ela, a reduced form of Elena and possibly also of Eleanor.

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

Similar surnames: Pell, Bell, Hell, Nell, Well, Tell, Fell, Gell, Kell, Dell

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Ell Family Origin

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Ell Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Ell occupation in the UK was Agr Lab. 10% of Ell's were Agr Labs. A less common occupation for the Ell family was Ag Lab And Sexton. Agr Lab, Annuitant and Corn Dealer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ell.

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  • Agr Lab

  • Annuitant

  • Corn Dealer

  • Ag Lab And Sexton


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Ell Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Ell Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ell in 1940 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

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