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Dell Family History

Dell Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived in a small valley, from Middle English, Old English dell ‘dell’, ‘valley’, or a habitational name from any of several minor places named Dell, from this word, for example in Buckinghamshire, Essex, and Sussex. German: from Low German delle ‘dell’, ‘depression’ (Middle High German telle ‘gorge’).

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


Similar surnames: Doll, Fell, Tell, Bell, Well, Hell, Dill, Delp, Pell, Kell

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Where is the Dell family from?

You can see how Dell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dell families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 394 Dell families living in Ontario. This was about 70% of all the recorded Dell's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Dell families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dell ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Dell. 51% of Dell men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Dell women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dell were Clerk and Income.

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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
    51%
  • Labourer
    13%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    25%
  • Housewife
    22%
  • Clerk
    16%
  • Income
    13%
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Census Records

There are 119,000 census records available for the last name Dell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dell 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Dell. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Dell. For the veterans among your Dell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dell lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Dell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Dell in 1941 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

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