Shell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Shell, a place in Worcestershire, so named from Old English scylf ‘bank’, ‘shelf’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Schelle ‘bell’. Americanized spelling of German Schal or Schill.

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


Similar surnames: Sell, Hell, Helle, Rishell, Shall, Knell, Shelley, Snell, Stell

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Shell Family Origin

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Shell Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    62%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Labourer

    5%
  • School

    5%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Shell family was School. Farmer, Laborer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shell. The most common Shell occupation in Canada was Farmer. 62% of Shell's were Farmers.

Source: Census data for Shell | Data not to scale

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Shell Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1945 and 2004, Shell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Shell in 1945 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shell

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