O'donnell Family History

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O'donnell Name Meaning

Irish (Donegal, Munster): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Domhnaill ‘descendant of Domhnall’ (see McDonnell). This name is borne by several different Irish families.

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

Similar surnames: O'connell, Mcdonnell, Mcconnell, Donnelly, O'farrell, Mcdowell

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O'donnell Family Origin

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O'donnell Family Occupations

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

In 1881, a less common occupation for the O'donnell family was Carter. The most common O'donnell occupation in the UK was Labourer. 9% of O'donnell's were Labourers. Labourer, Coal Miner and General Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by O'donnell.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • General Laborer

  • Carter


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

O'donnell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 298,000 census records available for the last name O'donnell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, O'donnell 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 74,000 immigration records available for the last name O'donnell. 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 60,000 military records available for the last name O'donnell. For the veterans among your O'donnell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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O'donnell Life Expectancy

What is the average O'donnell lifespan?

Between 1979 and 2004, in the United States, O'donnell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for O'donnell in 1979 was 62, and 65 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your O'donnell 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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