Carnell Family History

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Carnell Name Meaning

English: apparently a metonymic occupational name for a crossbowman who specialized in fighting from the battlements of castles, from Anglo-Norman French carnel ‘battlement’, ‘embrasure’ (a metathesized form of crenel, Late Latin crenellus, a diminutive of crena ‘notch’). English: reduced form of Carbonell or Cardinal. Swedish: the second element -ell is a common suffix of Swedish surnames, taken from the Latin adjectival ending -elius. The first element is unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Cornell, Arnell, Cardell, Parnell, Carrell, Farnell, Castell, Carel

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Carnell Family Origin

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Carnell Family Occupations

What did your Carnell ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Carnell. 22% of Carnell men worked as a Farmer and 24% of Carnell women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Carnell were Fisherman and Clerk

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Farmers Son
  • Fisherman

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Income
  • At Home
  • Clerk

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

Carnell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 36,000 census records available for the last name Carnell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Carnell 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Carnell. 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 Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Carnell. For the veterans among your Carnell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Carnell Life Expectancy

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Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Carnell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Carnell in 1952 was 45, and 77 in 2004.

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