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Orrell Family History

Orrell Name Meaning

English (Lancashire): habitational name from either of two minor places in Lancashire called Orell, from Old English ora ‘ore’ + hyll ‘hill’, probably denoting a hill with deposits of iron ore. Reaney and Wilson also mention a medieval female personal name, Orella, but there is no evidence of a link with the surname. Swedish: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Gorrell, Worrell, Cornell, Correll, Morrell, Orell, Oswell, Borrello

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Where is the Orrell family from?

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

In 1940, Farmer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Orrell. 22% of Orrell men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Orrell women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Orrell were Clerk and Secretary.

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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

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
    15%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Secretary
    11%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Orrell. 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 Orrell. For the veterans among your Orrell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Orrell lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Orrell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Orrell in 1949 was 53, and 77 in 2004.

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