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Hood Surname Meaning

English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English hod hood hodde ‘hood’ either for someone who wore a hood (like the medieval folk hero Robin Hood) or who made and sold hoods. In Kent and Sussex the name may sometimes have been confused with Hoad . English: from the Middle English personal name Hod(e) a variant of Ode or Odd with prosthetic H-; see Ott and Oates and compare Hodson English and Scottish: variant of Hudd from the Middle English personal name Hudde Hutte which could represent Old English Hud(d)a or its ancient Germanic equivalent Hud(d)o but is more likely from Anglo-Norman French Hud(de) a pet form of Hugh. English: habitational name from Hood in Rattery (Devon) from Old English hōd ‘hood’ probably referring to a hood-shaped hill. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUid ‘descendant of Ud’ a personal name of uncertain derivation. This was the name of an Ulster family who were bards to the O'Neills of Clandeboy and was later altered to Mac hUid. Compare Mahood . In some cases also an Americanized form of French Houde .

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

Similar surnames: Hook, Hoop, Hoad, Wood, Hoo, Good, Hard, Hoos, Hoof, Hand

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Where is the Hood family from?

You can see how Hood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hood families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 947 Hood families living in London. This was about 14% of all the recorded Hood's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Hood families in 1891.
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What did your Hood 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 Hood. 10% of Hood men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Hood women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hood were Incapacitated and Private Means. .

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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
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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There are 64,000 military records available for the last name Hood. For the veterans among your Hood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hood lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hood in 1940 was 65, and 75 in 2004.

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