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Dwight Family History

Dwight Name Meaning

English (Buckinghamshire): probably a variant of Twite from various places called with Old Norse thveit ‘clearing’ (see Thwaites ). Alternatively it may be a variant of Tuite .

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

Similar surnames: Bright, Knight, Wright, Haught, Doig, Wight, Daigh, Leigh, Swift

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Where is the Dwight family from?

You can see how Dwight families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dwight family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dwight families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 117 Dwight families living in Buckinghamshire. This was about 33% of all the recorded Dwight's in United Kingdom. Buckinghamshire had the highest population of Dwight families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dwight surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dwight ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Dwight. 20% of Dwight men worked as an Incapacitated and 76% of Dwight women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dwight were Farmer Heavy Worker 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

  • Incapacitated
  • General Labourer
  • Painter decorator
  • Farmer Heavy Worker

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Dwight. For the veterans among your Dwight ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dwight lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Dwight life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Dwight in 1943 was 34, and 74 in 2004.

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