Shell Family History

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Shell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Shell, a place in Worcestershire, so named from Old English scylf ‘bank’, ‘shelf’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Schelle ‘bell’. Americanized spelling of German Schal or Schill.

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

Similar surnames: Sell, Hell, Helle, Rishell, Shall, Knell, Shelley, Snell, Stell

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Shell Family Origin

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Shell Family Occupations

What did your Shell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Shell. 2% of Shell men worked as a Farmer and 56% of Shell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shell were Postman and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Farmer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Plasterer
  • Postman

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated

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

Shell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 71,000 census records available for the last name Shell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shell 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Shell. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Shell. For the veterans among your Shell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shell Life Expectancy

What is the average Shell lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Shell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Shell in 1945 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shell 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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