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Hawthorne Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Hawthorne (Hill) in Bray (Berkshire) an altered form of Hothorne earlier Horethorn (Old English hār + thorn ‘boundary thorn(-tree)’. A common variant of the surname in 17th-century Bray and neighboring Binfield was Hathorne . English (Gloucestershire): topographic name for someone who lived by a hawthorn tree (Middle English hawthorn). English (Staffordshire): variant of Hordern a habitational name from Hordern (in Rainow Cheshire) Horderns in Chapel en le Frith (Derbyshire) Hordron in Langsett (Yorkshire) Little Hordern in Bolton le Moors (Lancashire) and perhaps from Hardhorn in Poulton le Fylde (Lancashire). All the placenames derive from Old English hord-ærn ‘storehouse’. By the early 17th century the surname had arrived in Staffordshire where it was sometimes re-interpeted as Hawthorne. Scottish (Wigtownshire): habitational name from Hawthorn in Easington (Durham) which derives from Old English haguthorn ‘hawthorn (tree)’. From Scotland it was taken to Ireland where this form of the surname is now found primarily in northern Ireland (Down).

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

Similar surnames: Cawthorne, Thorn, Hathorne, Langhorne, Hartshorn, Hawthorn, Hagedorn

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You can see how Hawthorne families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hawthorne family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hawthorne families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 173 Hawthorne families living in Staffordshire. This was about 21% of all the recorded Hawthorne's in United Kingdom. Staffordshire had the highest population of Hawthorne families in 1891.
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What did your Hawthorne 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 Hawthorne. 24% of Hawthorne men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Hawthorne women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hawthorne were Plumber 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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Iron Moulder Heavy Worker
  • Plumber

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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What is the average Hawthorne lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Hawthorne life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Hawthorne in 1941 was 56, and 72 in 2004.

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