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Gorrell Name Meaning

English (Devon):: nickname from Middle English gorrell ‘fat man’ (Old French gorel ‘pig’). from the Old English personal name Gārwulf composed of the elements gār ‘spear’ + wulf ‘wolf’. habitational name from Gorrel (Devon) Gorwell (Essex) or Gorrel Farm (Buckinghamshire) or a topographic name for someone who lived ‘(by the) muddy spring (by the) muddy hill’ or ‘(at the) muddy nook’ from Middle English gire gure (Old English gyr(e) ‘mud filth’) + Middle English wel(le) ‘spring fount’ (Old English well wyll); Middle English hil(le) ‘hill’ (Old English hyl); or Middle English halgh ‘nook’ (Old English halh) respectively.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Orrell, Barrell, Worrell, Garrell, Cornell, Tyrrell, Burrell, Corbell

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Where is the Gorrell family from?

You can see how Gorrell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gorrell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gorrell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 18 Gorrell families living in Ontario. This was about 38% of all the recorded Gorrell's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gorrell families in 1911.
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What did your Gorrell ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Gorrell. 52% of Gorrell 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
  • Labourer
  • Tailor
  • Operator
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Gorrell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gorrell 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gorrell. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Gorrell. For the veterans among your Gorrell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gorrell lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Gorrell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Gorrell in 1945 was 22, and 76 in 2004.

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