Rothwell Family History

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Rothwell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places, in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, North Yorkshire, and elsewhere, so named from Old English roð(u) ‘clearing’ + well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’.

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

Similar surnames: Bothwell, Rockwell, Southwell, Rodwell, Rothell, Rathmell, Rowell

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Rothwell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rothwell name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Rothwell Family Origin

Where is the Rothwell family from?

Rothwell Family Occupations

What did your Rothwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Rothwell occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 6% of Rothwell's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Rothwell family was Farmer. Coal Miner, Cotton Weaver and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rothwell.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Cotton Weaver

  • Labourer

  • Farmer


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

Rothwell Historical Records

What Rothwell family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 91,000 census records available for the last name Rothwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rothwell 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 28,000 immigration records available for the last name Rothwell. 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 Rothwell. For the veterans among your Rothwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rothwell Life Expectancy

What is the average Rothwell lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Rothwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Rothwell in 1947 was 38, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rothwell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rothwell 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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