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Origins of the Lyell surname

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About the Lyells

We have a total number of 2624 records for people with the last name Lyell.

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Where do most Lyells live?

In 1921, most Lyells lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Lyells

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 2,050 records for the Lyell surname. The oldest one dates back to 1595.

Who were Lyells most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Youngs

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Lyells.

What are the most common Lyell first names?

  • Leonard
  • Charles
  • Margaret
  • Mary

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Common jobs for Lyells

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Lyells in 1921
Annuitant

20

Linen Weaver

14

Living On Own Means

13

Dressmaker

12

Laundress

12

Common Male occupations for Lyells in 1921
Weaver

23

Linen Weaver

13

Plasterer

12

Surgeon

11

Tenant

9

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