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Shemwell Family History

Shemwell Name Meaning

English (Derbyshire and Staffordshire): clearly a habitational name from a placename meaning ‘shining stream’ (Middle English shim + well) but this has not been definitely located. There is a Shining Well in Darley Dale (Derbyshire) known from an 1836 map and the surname may derive from an earlier name for that.

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

Similar surnames: Shotwell, Sockwell, Sartwell, Bramwell, Sewell, Shadwell, Creswell

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Where is the Shemwell family from?

You can see how Shemwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shemwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Shemwell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 189 Shemwell families living in Derbyshire. This was about 61% of all the recorded Shemwell's in United Kingdom. Derbyshire had the highest population of Shemwell families in 1891.
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What did your Shemwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourerheavy Worker and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Shemwell. 50% of Shemwell men worked as a Builders Labourerheavy Worker and 96% of Shemwell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shemwell were Dairy Farmer and Housewife. .

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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

  • Builders Labourerheavy Worker
  • Dairy Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 179 immigration records available for the last name Shemwell. 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 Cards

There are 726 military records available for the last name Shemwell. For the veterans among your Shemwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shemwell lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Shemwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Shemwell in 1948 was 22, and 73 in 2004.

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