Nelis Family History

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Nelis Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of McNelis. Dutch: reduced form of Cornelius or Daniels.

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

Similar surnames: Nellis, Melis, Neis, Neils, Lewis, Nelle, Delfs, Neil, Neish, Bellis

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Nelis Family Origin

Where is the Nelis family from?

Nelis Family Occupations

What did your Nelis ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Nelis family was Spirit Dealer. Pawnbroker, Provision Dealer and Shirt Cutter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nelis. The most common Nelis occupation in the UK was Pawnbroker. 20% of Nelis's were Pawnbrokers.

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  • Pawnbroker

  • Provision Dealer

  • Shirt Cutter

  • Spirit Dealer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Nelis ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Nelis Historical Records

What Nelis family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Nelis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nelis census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Nelis. 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 Card

There are 604 military records available for the last name Nelis. For the veterans among your Nelis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nelis Life Expectancy

What is the average Nelis lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Nelis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Nelis in 1962 was 48, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Nelis

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nelis ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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