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Sewell Family History

Sewell Surname Meaning

English:: from the Middle English personal name Siwal(d) Sewal(d) Old English Sigeweald from sige ‘victory’ + weald ‘rule(r)’ or the corresponding Old Norse Sigvaldr. This name later became thoroughly confused with Sewal(d) from Old English Sǣweald (see Sewall ). habitational name from one or more places such as Sewell (Bedfordshire) Seawell (Northamptonshire) Sywell (Northamptonshire) Showell in Steeple Barton (Oxfordshire) Showell in Little Tew (Oxfordshire) or Sowell in Kentisbeare (Devon) all meaning ‘seven springs’ (Old English seofon + wella). Compare Seawell .

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

Similar surnames: Newell, Jewell, Ewell, Elwell, Ledwell, Stowell, Adwell, Rowell

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Where is the Sewell family from?

You can see how Sewell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sewell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sewell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 187 Sewell families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Sewell's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Sewell families in 1911.
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What did your Sewell ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Sewell. 39% of Sewell men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Sewell women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sewell were Carpenter and Servant. .

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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
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Servant
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There are 220,000 census records available for the last name Sewell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sewell 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Sewell. 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 28,000 military records available for the last name Sewell. For the veterans among your Sewell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sewell lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Sewell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sewell in 1942 was 35, and 76 in 2004.

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