Oswell Family History

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Oswell Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin, possibly a habitational name, of which the second element appears to be Old English well(a) ‘spring’, ‘creek’. The first element may be a short form of an Old English personal name containing the element os ‘god’ (see for example Oswald) or its Old Norse cognate ás (see Osborne). However, the earliest known bearer of the name was Roger Wyswall, who was admitted as a burgess of Shrewsbury in 1450. The English name is found in various forms, including Woosall and Wossald. Irish (Ulster): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó hEodhusa ‘descendant of Eodhus’ (see Hussey).

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

Similar surnames: Doswell, Oswald, Boswell, Olwell, Sewell, Elwell, Powell, Rowell

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Oswell Family Origin

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Oswell Family Occupations

What did your Oswell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Oswell family was Solicitor. The most common Oswell occupation in the UK was Charwoman. 4% of Oswell's were Charwomans. Charwoman, Coal Miner and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Oswell.

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  • Charwoman

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Solicitor


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

Oswell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Oswell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oswell 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 851 immigration records available for the last name Oswell. 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 844 military records available for the last name Oswell. For the veterans among your Oswell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Oswell Life Expectancy

What is the average Oswell lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Oswell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Oswell in 1959 was 53, and 62 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Oswell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Oswell 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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