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Shadwell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from one or more of several places called Shadwell including those in Middlesex Sussex Gloucestershire Norfolk and Yorkshire. The Middlesex and Sussex placenames derive from Old English sc(e)ald ‘shallow’ + wella ‘well spring stream’ while the Norfolk placename arises from Old English scēad ‘boundary’ + wella. The Yorkshire placename may derive from Old English scēad or sceadu ‘shady place’ + wella. There are two places called Shadwell in Gloucestershire one in Ham named with Old English sceard ‘cleft gap’ + wella and the other in Uley named with Old English sceadu + wella.

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


Similar surnames: Chadwell, Harwell, Haswell, Bradwell, Sidwell, Bramwell, Bardwell

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Where is the Shadwell family from?

You can see how Shadwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shadwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shadwell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 84 Shadwell families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Shadwell's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Shadwell families in 1891.
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What did your Shadwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Shadwell. 100% of Shadwell men worked as a General Labourer and 80% of Shadwell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    100%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    80%
  • Private Means
    5%
  • Housekeeper
    3%
  • Shop Assistant
    3%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 955 military records available for the last name Shadwell. For the veterans among your Shadwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shadwell lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Shadwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1982, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Shadwell in 1962 was 66, and 84 in 2004.

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