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Russel Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): variant of Russell . German: from a pet form of Russ see Russ northwest German (Rüssel): probably a variant of Rossel .

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

Similar surnames: Roussel, Rassel, Russell, Russ, Busse, Russeau, Fussell, Russey

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Where is the Russel family from?

You can see how Russel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Russel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Russel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 346 Russel families living in Ontario. This was about 42% of all the recorded Russel's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Russel families in 1911.
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What did your Russel ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Russel. 34% of Russel men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Russel women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Russel were Clerk and Domestic. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Operator
  • Domestic
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Census Records

There are 166,000 census records available for the last name Russel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Russel 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Russel. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Russel. For the veterans among your Russel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Russel lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Russel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Russel in 1949 was 39, and 68 in 2004.

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