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Burwell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place named Burwell, of which there are examples in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, named with Old English burh ‘fort’ + wella ‘spring’.

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


Similar surnames: Bursell, Boxwell, Barnwell, Farwell, Birdwell, Bunnell, Bardwell

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Where is the Burwell family from?

You can see how Burwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burwell families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 71 Burwell families living in Ontario. This was about 82% of all the recorded Burwell's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Burwell families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Burwell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Burwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Burwell. 72% of Burwell men worked as a Farmer.

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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
    72%
  • Labourer
    12%
  • Agent
    8%
  • Engineer
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    100%
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Census Records

There are 36,000 census records available for the last name Burwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burwell 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Burwell. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Burwell. For the veterans among your Burwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burwell lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Burwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Burwell in 1947 was 43, and 74 in 2004.

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