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Newell Family History

Newell Name Meaning

English and Irish: variant of Neville. English: variant of Noel. Irish (north County Kildare): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Tnúthghail ‘descendant of Tnúthgal’, a personal name composed of the elements tnúth ‘desire’, ‘envy’ + gal ‘valor’.

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


Similar surnames: Sewell, Jewell, Hewell, Oswell, Newill, Levell, Nell, Ewell, Nowell

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Where is the Newell family from?

You can see how Newell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Newell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Newell families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 337 Newell families living in Ontario. This was about 44% of all the recorded Newell's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Newell families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Newell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Newell ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Newell. 25% of Newell men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Newell women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Newell were Laborer and Music Teacher.

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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
    25%
  • Fisherman
    19%
  • Labourer
    11%
  • Laborer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Music Teacher
    9%
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Census Records

There are 296,000 census records available for the last name Newell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Newell 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 28,000 immigration records available for the last name Newell. 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 41,000 military records available for the last name Newell. For the veterans among your Newell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Newell lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Newell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Newell in 1941 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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