Russell Family History

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Russell Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: from Rousel, a common Anglo-Norman French nickname for someone with red hair, a diminutive of Rouse with the hypocoristic suffix -el. Americanized spelling of German Rüssel, from a pet form of any of the various personal names formed with the Old High German element hrod ‘renown’. EG

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

Similar surnames: Rossell, Fussell, Rundell, Trussell, Russett, Rassel, Tassell

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Russell Family Origin

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Russell Family Occupations

What did your Russell ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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Russell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Russell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Russell 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 207,000 immigration records available for the last name Russell. 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 284,000 military records available for the last name Russell. For the veterans among your Russell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Russell Life Expectancy

What is the average Russell lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Russell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Russell in 1940 was 57, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Russell 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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