Purcell Family History

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Purcell Name Meaning

English, Welsh, and Irish (of Norman origin): from Old French pourcel ‘piglet’ (Latin porcellus, a diminutive of porcus ‘pig’), hence a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd, or a nickname, perhaps affectionate in tone. This is a common surname in Ireland, having become established there in the 12th century.

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

Similar surnames: Purtill, Burrell, Hurrell, Percell, Durrell, Bursell, Perrell

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Purcell Family Origin

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Purcell Family Occupations

What did your Purcell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Laborer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Purcell. The most common Purcell occupation in Canada was Farmer. 16% of Purcell's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Purcell family was Fisherman.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Labourer

  • Fisherman


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Purcell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Purcell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 177,000 census records available for the last name Purcell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Purcell 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 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Purcell. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Purcell. For the veterans among your Purcell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Purcell Life Expectancy

What is the average Purcell lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Purcell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Purcell in 1944 was 41, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Purcell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Purcell ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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