Purnell Family History

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Purnell Name Meaning

English (mainly southwest): variant of Parnell.

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

Similar surnames: Pernell, Parnell, Durnell, Purtell, Pursell, Pennell, Pannell

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Purnell Family Origin

Where is the Purnell family from?

Purnell Family Occupations

What did your Purnell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Purnell occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of Purnell's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Purnell family was Agricultural Labourer. Coal Miner, Carpenter and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Purnell.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Carpenter

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Purnell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name Purnell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Purnell 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Purnell. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Purnell. For the veterans among your Purnell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Purnell Life Expectancy

What is the average Purnell lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Purnell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Purnell in 1943 was 49, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Purnell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Purnell 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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