Sewell Family History

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Sewell Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal names Siwal(d) and Sewal(d), Old English Sigeweald and S?weald, composed of the elements sige ‘victory’ and s? ‘sea’ + weald ‘rule’. English: habitational name from Sewell in Bedfordshire, Showell in Oxfordshire, or Seawell or Sywell in Northamptonshire, all of which are named from Old English seofon ‘seven’ + wella ‘spring’.

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

Similar surnames: Newell, Jewell, Ewell, Elwell, Ledwell, Stowell, Adwell, Rowell

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Sewell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sewell name?

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


  • Benin/Togo


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Sewell Family Origin

Where is the Sewell family from?

Sewell Family Occupations

What did your Sewell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sewell. A less common occupation for the Sewell family was Annuitant. The most common Sewell occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Sewell's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant


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

Sewell Historical Records

What Sewell family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 220,000 census records available for the last name Sewell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sewell 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Sewell. 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 28,000 military records available for the last name Sewell. For the veterans among your Sewell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sewell Life Expectancy

What is the average Sewell lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Sewell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sewell in 1942 was 35, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sewell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sewell 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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