O'connell Family History

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O'connell Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Conaill ‘descendant of Conall’, a personal name, possibly composed of the elements con, from cú ‘hound’ or ‘wolf’ (genitive con) + gal ‘valour’. It was borne by many early chieftains and warriors of Ireland, including the Ulster hero Conall Cearnach, one of the two sons of Niall of the Nine Hostages, who gave his name to Tirconell, otherwise known as Donegal. It was further popularized by the fame of a 7th-century Irish saint, abbot of Inis Caoil.

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

Similar surnames: Mcconnell, O'donnell, O'connor, Fennell, O'farrell, Mcdonnell

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O'connell Family Origin

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O'connell Family Occupations

What did your O'connell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the O'connell family was Hawker. Labourer, Tailor and Labourer General were the top 3 reported jobs worked by O'connell. The most common O'connell occupation in the UK was Labourer. 7% of O'connell's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Tailor

  • Labourer General

  • Hawker


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O'connell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 251,000 census records available for the last name O'connell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, O'connell 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 52,000 immigration records available for the last name O'connell. 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 53,000 military records available for the last name O'connell. For the veterans among your O'connell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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O'connell Life Expectancy

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Between 1993 and 2004, in the United States, O'connell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for O'connell in 1993 was 44, and 58 in 2004.

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