Nowell Family History

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Nowell Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Noel.

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

Similar surnames: Newell, Yowell, Sowell, Lowell, Rowell, Vowell, Jowell, Bowell

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Nowell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nowell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Nowell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Nowell Family Origin

Where is the Nowell family from?

Nowell Family Occupations

What did your Nowell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Nowell occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Nowell's were Farmers. Farmer, Annuitant and Cotton Weaver were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nowell. A less common occupation for the Nowell family was Charwoman.

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  • Farmer

  • Annuitant

  • Cotton Weaver

  • Charwoman


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

Nowell Historical Records

What Nowell family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 58,000 census records available for the last name Nowell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nowell 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Nowell. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Nowell. For the veterans among your Nowell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nowell Life Expectancy

What is the average Nowell lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Nowell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Nowell in 1941 was 46, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Nowell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nowell 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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