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Cordwell Family History

Cordwell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Cordwell in Derbyshire or from either of two places called Cauldwell, in Derbyshire and Bedfordshire; all are named with Old English cauld ‘cold’ + well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’.

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

Similar surnames: Cornwell, Caldwell, Colwell, Carswell, Chadwell, Bardwell, Rodwell

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Where is the Cordwell family from?

You can see how Cordwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cordwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cordwell families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 11 Cordwell families living in Ontario. This was about 46% of all the recorded Cordwell's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Cordwell families in 1911.
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What did your Cordwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cordwell. 30% of Cordwell men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Cordwell women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cordwell were Farming and Housewife.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Operator
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Cordwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cordwell 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 727 immigration records available for the last name Cordwell. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Cordwell. For the veterans among your Cordwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cordwell lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Cordwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Cordwell in 1948 was 79, and 86 in 2004.

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