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Ella Family History

Ella Surname Meaning

English (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire): habitational name from Kirk Ella (East Yorkshire) from the Old English personal name Ælf(a) (from ælf ‘elf sprite’) + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’ with Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ as a distinguishing prefix. Indian: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Ell, Pella, Sella, Tella, Rella, Bella, Cella, Elia, Mella, Elza

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Where is the Ella family from?

You can see how Ella families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ella family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ella families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 87 Ella families living in Yorkshire. This was about 73% of all the recorded Ella's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Ella families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ella surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ella ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ella. 34% of Ella men worked as an Incapacitated and 78% of Ella women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ella were Tractor Driver Public Works and Unpaid House 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

  • Incapacitated
    34%
  • Farmer Own Account
    23%
  • Labourer Trent Catchment Bd
    23%
  • Tractor Driver Public Works
    23%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    78%
  • Unpaid Household Duties
    7%
  • Housewife
    5%
  • Unpaid House Duties
    5%
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Ella. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ella 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 Ella. 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 834 military records available for the last name Ella. For the veterans among your Ella ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ella lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Ella life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1997, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Ella in 1963 was 77, and 47 in 2004.

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