Harwell Family History

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Harwell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places called Harwell in south Oxfordshire (formerly part of Berkshire) and Nottinghamshire. The former was named in Old English as ‘spring or stream by or from the gray one’, from Hara ‘the gray’ (here referring to a certain hill) + wella; while the latter was named from Old English heore, h¯re ‘pleasant’ + wella ‘stream’.

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


Similar surnames: Hartell, Haswell, Farwell, Hartwell, Harvell, Shadwell, Caswell

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Harwell Family Origin

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Harwell Family Occupations

What did your Harwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Harwell. 27% of Harwell men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Harwell women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harwell were Farm Laborer and Secretary

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    27%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Secretary
    5%

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

Harwell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Harwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harwell 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Harwell. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Harwell. For the veterans among your Harwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Harwell Life Expectancy

What is the average Harwell lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Harwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Harwell in 1945 was 29, and 73 in 2004.

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