Last name: SHELL

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SHELL : This last name is indexed 31,996 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

SHELL : 1: English and Irish: variant of Shield.2: English: from Middle English s(c)hele ‘hut’ (Old English scela) a term confined to northern England and southern Scotland. The surname may be topographic for someone who lived in or near a hut or habitational from a place so named. The element is found in several minor placenames in the forms Shiel and Shield in northern and midland England and southern Scotland. See Shield.3: English: habitational name from Shell in Himbleton (Worcestershire) from Old English scelf ‘rock ledge shelf’.4: Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Schelle ‘bell’.5: Americanized form of German Schell.

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