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Rossell Surname Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from the Anglo-Norman French personal name Ros(c)el a diminutive of Rosce (see Ross ). Compare the double diminutive Roscelin with which Ro(s)cel or Ros(s)el was probably freely interchangeable. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Rosel in Calvados. English: variant of Russell with which the name in 1 above was easily confused. English: habitational name from Rossall in Poulton Le Fylde (Lancashire). The etymology of the placename may derive from Old Norse hross ‘horse’ + hali ‘tail’ in the sense ‘narrow strip of land’ or from a British word related to Welsh rhos ‘moor heath plain’ + Old English halh ‘nook corner of land’. The land is low-lying and level forming a headland between the Wyre and the sea. The name was easily confused with Russell . English: perhaps a habitational name from Rossall (Shropshire) probably from Old English hros ‘horse’ + halh. It is not clear whether this surname has survived into modern times. Catalan: nickname for someone with red hair from a diminutive of ros ‘red’.7: Catalan: possibly also a habitational name from Rossell a town in Castelló de la Plana.8: Americanized form of German French Dutch and Flemish Rossel or of its German archaic variant Roszel .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Russell, Rossel, Rossey, Rosell, Rossello, Ressel, Rowell, Tassell

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Where is the Rossell family from?

You can see how Rossell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rossell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rossell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 47 Rossell families living in Ontario. This was about 69% of all the recorded Rossell's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Rossell families in 1911.
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What did your Rossell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rossell. 23% of Rossell men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Rossell women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rossell were Carpenter and Maid. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Maid
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Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Rossell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Rossell in 1948 was 49, and 69 in 2004.

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