Parnell Family History

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Parnell Name Meaning

English (mainly Devon): from the medieval female personal name Peronel, Pernel, Parnell, a vernacular form of Latin Petronilla. This is a diminutive of Petronia, feminine of Petronius, a Roman family name of uncertain etymology. It was borne by an early Roman martyr about whom little is known.

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

Similar surnames: Carnell, Arnell, Pannell, Purnell, Wartell, Perrell, Marnell, Barnell

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Parnell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Parnell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Parnell. 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


  • France


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Parnell Family Origin

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Parnell Family Occupations

What did your Parnell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Parnell family was Farm Labourer. The most common Parnell occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Parnell's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Parnell.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Farm Labourer


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Parnell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 101,000 census records available for the last name Parnell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Parnell 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Parnell. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Parnell. For the veterans among your Parnell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Parnell Life Expectancy

What is the average Parnell lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Parnell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Parnell in 1943 was 23, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Parnell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Parnell 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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