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Tell Name Meaning

North German: from a pet form of Dietrich. South German: topographic name from Middle High German telle ‘gorge’, ‘depression’. The name of the Swiss hero Wilhelm Tell has not been explained. North German (mainly Westphalia): topographic name from Middle Low German telg(e) ‘branch’, ‘twig’, ‘undergrowth’. Catalan: topographic name from tila ‘linden’ (Latin tilia), denoting someone who lived near a conspicuous linden.

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

Similar surnames: Dell, Pell, Bell, Tull, Well, Toll, Nell, Ell, Fell, Hell

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Tell Family Origin

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Tell Family Occupations

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In 1939, Aircraft Woodwork Machinist and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Tell. 2% of Tell men worked as an Aircraft Woodwork Machinist and 48% of Tell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tell were Assistant Fruit Sales and Cook

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Aircraft Woodwork Machinist
  • Architect
  • Artificial Silk Spinner
  • Assistant Fruit Sales

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Servant
  • Retired
  • Cook

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

Tell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Tell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tell 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Tell. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Tell. For the veterans among your Tell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Tell Life Expectancy

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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Tell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Tell in 1943 was 40, and 89 in 2004.

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