Fell Name Meaning

English (chiefly northern): topographic name for someone who lived by an area of high ground or by a prominent crag, from northern Middle English fell ‘high ground’, ‘rock’, ‘crag’ (Old Norse fjall, fell). English, German, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a furrier, from Middle English fell, Middle High German vel, or German Fell or Yiddish fel, all of which mean ‘skin’, ‘hide’, or ‘pelt’. Yiddish fel refers to untanned hide, in contrast to pelts ‘tanned hide’ (see Pilcher).

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


Similar surnames: Bell, Fels, Pell, Fall, Dell, Well, Hell, Feld, Sell, Tell

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Fell Family Origin

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Fell Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    4%
  • Coal Miner

    3%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%
  • Labourer

    2%

In 1881, the most common Fell occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Fell's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Fell family was Labourer. Farmer, Coal Miner and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fell.

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Fell Historical Records

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Fell Life Expectancy

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Between 1944 and 2004, Fell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Fell in 1944 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Fell

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