Olwell Family History

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Olwell Name Meaning

English: possibly a habitational name from Ulwell in Swanage, Dorset, named with Old English ule ‘owl’ + wella ‘stream’.

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

Similar surnames: Elwell, Colwell, Oswell, Bonwell, Foxwell, Boxwell, Doswell, Sewell

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Olwell Family Origin

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Olwell Family Occupations

What did your Olwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Olwell occupation in the UK was Railway Porter. 100% of Olwell's were Railway Porters.

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  • Railway Porter


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

Olwell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Olwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Olwell 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 787 immigration records available for the last name Olwell. 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 430 military records available for the last name Olwell. For the veterans among your Olwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Olwell Life Expectancy

What is the average Olwell lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Olwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Olwell in 1963 was 68, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Olwell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Olwell 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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