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Blood Surname Meaning

English: occupational name for a blood-letter based on the Middle English verb bloden ‘to let blood’. The usual Middle English terms for this occupation were bloodletter or blooder. English: possibly also a nickname from Middle English blode ‘blood’ used as an oath (short for God's blood) but also as a term of address for a blood relative as in: ‘Now beth nought wroth my blode my nece’ (Chaucer). It could also mean ‘child near relative’ and ‘someone as dear to one as one's own offspring’. Irish (of English origin): According to MacLysaght the Irish family of this name came to Ireland (Clare) in the 16th century from Derbyshire where they were originally called by the Welsh surname ap Llwyd (see Lloyd) but the Welsh origin is dubious and it is more likely that the surname is derived from 1 or 2 above.

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

Similar surnames: Bloyd, Bloom, Flood, Bond, Hood, Good, Bold, Boot, Bland, Blind

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Where is the Blood family from?

You can see how Blood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Blood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Blood families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 310 Blood families living in Derbyshire. This was about 23% of all the recorded Blood's in United Kingdom. Derbyshire had the highest population of Blood families in 1891.
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What did your Blood ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Blood. 15% of Blood men worked as a General Labourer and 75% of Blood women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Blood were Dairy Farmer and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Dairy Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Servant
  • Incapacitated
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There are 67,000 census records available for the last name Blood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Blood 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Blood. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Blood. For the veterans among your Blood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Blood lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Blood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Blood in 1942 was 20, and 72 in 2004.

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