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Sell Name Meaning

English: from Middle English selle ‘shelter for animals shieling’ (Old English (ge)sell) a rough hut of the type normally occupied by animals hence a topographic name for someone who lived in a hut like this. It may also have been used as a nickname for a herdsman. German: variant of Selle . German: metonymic occupational name from Middle High German sel ‘rope’ for a rope maker. Americanized form of Hungarian Széll: topographic name for someone who lived in a spot exposed to the wind from szél ‘wind’. Americanized form of Jewish (from Hungary) Széll: adoption of Hungarian Széll (see 4 above) either as a calque of the formerly used German-based surname or because the Hungarian surname (or word) has some sounds in common with the original surname.

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

Similar surnames: Bell, Fell, Soll, Pell, Tell, Seal, Selle, Hell, Dell, Kell

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You can see how Sell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 45 Sell families living in Ontario. This was about 59% of all the recorded Sell's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Sell families in 1911.
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What did your Sell ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Sell. 88% of Sell men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
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Passenger Lists

There are 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Sell. 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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There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Sell. For the veterans among your Sell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sell lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Sell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sell in 1947 was 37, and 80 in 2004.

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