Spell Family History

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Spell Name Meaning

German: of uncertain origin; perhaps a habitational name from Spelle (see Speller).

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

Similar surnames: Spells, Shell, Speller, Stell, Pell, Aspell, Sell, Zell, Knell, Soll

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Spell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Spell name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • France


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Spell Family Origin

Where is the Spell family from?

Spell Family Occupations

What did your Spell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agr Lab, Commercial Traveller Tea Trade and Grocer & Provisions Dealer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Spell. A less common occupation for the Spell family was Map Colourer. The most common Spell occupation in the UK was Agr Lab. 20% of Spell's were Agr Labs.

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  • Agr Lab

  • Commercial Traveller Tea Trade

  • Grocer & Provisions Dealer

  • Map Colourer


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

Spell Historical Records

What Spell family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Spell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Spell 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 601 immigration records available for the last name Spell. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Spell. For the veterans among your Spell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Spell Life Expectancy

What is the average Spell lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Spell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Spell in 1943 was 23, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Spell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Spell 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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