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Oswell Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin, possibly a habitational name, of which the second element appears to be Old English well(a) ‘spring’, ‘creek’. The first element may be a short form of an Old English personal name containing the element os ‘god’ (see for example Oswald) or its Old Norse cognate ás (see Osborne). However, the earliest known bearer of the name was Roger Wyswall, who was admitted as a burgess of Shrewsbury in 1450. The English name is found in various forms, including Woosall and Wossald. Irish (Ulster): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó hEodhusa ‘descendant of Eodhus’ (see Hussey).

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


Similar surnames: Doswell, Oswald, Boswell, Olwell, Sewell, Elwell, Powell, Rowell

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Oswell Family Origin

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Oswell Family Occupations

What did your Oswell ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Oswell. 38% of Oswell men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Oswell women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oswell were Butcher and School Boy

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    38%
  • Baker
    7%
  • Block Maker
    7%
  • Butcher
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housewife
    34%
  • Saleslady
    34%
  • School Boy
    34%

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

Oswell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Oswell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oswell 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 851 immigration records available for the last name Oswell. 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 844 military records available for the last name Oswell. For the veterans among your Oswell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Oswell Life Expectancy

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Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Oswell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Oswell in 1959 was 53, and 62 in 2004.

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