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Burnell Family History

Burnell Name Meaning

English: from a metathesized diminutive of Middle English brun ‘brown’ (see Brown).

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

Similar surnames: Burrell, Brunell, Burnett, Carnell, Bursell, Burwell, Bunnell

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Where is the Burnell family from?

You can see how Burnell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burnell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burnell families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 38 Burnell families living in Manitoba. This was about 34% of all the recorded Burnell's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Burnell families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Burnell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Burnell ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Burnell. 42% of Burnell men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Burnell women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burnell were Mcanicien and Housekeeper.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Mcanicien

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
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What Burnell family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 63,000 census records available for the last name Burnell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burnell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Burnell. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Burnell. For the veterans among your Burnell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burnell lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Burnell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Burnell in 1945 was 31, and 78 in 2004.

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