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Gunnell Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English female personal name Gunnild (Old Norse Gunnhildr) from gunnr + hildr both elements meaning ‘battle’. This was a popular name in those parts of England that were under Scandinavian influence in the Middle Ages. Irish (Tipperary): shortened Anglicized form of Mag Congail a Donegal name more often Anglicized as McGonigle . Americanized form of German Günnel: from a short form of the ancient Germanic personal names Gundram (see Gundrum) or Gundlach .

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


Similar surnames: Tunnell, Gunner, Fennell, Quinnell, Gunnett, Bunnell, Gingell

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Where is the Gunnell family from?

You can see how Gunnell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gunnell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gunnell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 151 Gunnell families living in London. This was about 27% of all the recorded Gunnell's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Gunnell families in 1891.
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What did your Gunnell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Railway Clerk and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Gunnell. 11% of Gunnell men worked as a Railway Clerk and 75% of Gunnell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gunnell were Insurance Agent 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

  • Railway Clerk
    11%
  • Builders Labourer
    11%
  • General Labourer
    9%
  • Insurance Agent
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    75%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    5%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Domestic Duties
    3%
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Census Records

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Gunnell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gunnell 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 Gunnell. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gunnell. For the veterans among your Gunnell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gunnell lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Gunnell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gunnell in 1946 was 53, and 83 in 2004.

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