Sowell Family History

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Sowell Name Meaning

English (Cornwall): variant of Sewell.

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

Similar surnames: Nowell, Lowell, Jowell, Bowell, Rowell, Vowell, Sewell, Sorell

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Sowell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sowell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sowell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Sowell Family Origin

Where is the Sowell family from?

Sowell Family Occupations

What did your Sowell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Sowell occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 13% of Sowell's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Sowell family was Farm (Lab). Agricultural Labourer, Blacksmith and Engine Driver were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sowell.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Blacksmith

  • Engine Driver

  • Farm (Lab)


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

Sowell Historical Records

What Sowell family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 30,000 census records available for the last name Sowell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sowell 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Sowell. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Sowell. For the veterans among your Sowell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sowell Life Expectancy

What is the average Sowell lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Sowell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1961. The average life expectancy for Sowell in 1944 was 40, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sowell 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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