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Fell Surname Meaning

English (mainly northern): from northern Middle English fel(l) ‘fell hill mountain’ (Old Norse fell fjall) a topographic name denoting someone who lived on a fell or an area of high ground. English German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a furrier a dealer in hides or skins from Middle English fel Middle High German vel 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 2nd edition, 2022


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

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Where is the Fell family from?

You can see how Fell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,137 Fell families living in Lancashire. This was about 28% of all the recorded Fell's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Fell families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Fell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Fell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Fell. 9% of Fell men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Fell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fell were Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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

  • General Labourer
    9%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Bricklayer
    4%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    67%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
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Census Records

There are 114,000 census records available for the last name Fell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fell 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Fell. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Fell. For the veterans among your Fell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fell lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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