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Wallace Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: from Anglo-Norman French waleis ‘Welsh’ (from a Germanic cognate of Old English wealh ‘foreign’), hence an ethnic name for a Welsh speaker. In some cases this clearly denoted an incomer to Scotland from Wales or the Welsh Marches, but it may also have denoted a Welsh-speaking Scot: in western Scotland around Glasgow, the Welsh-speaking Strathclyde Britons survived well into the Middle Ages. Jewish: this surname has been adopted in the 19th and 20th centuries as an Americanized form of various Ashkenazic Jewish surnames, e.g. Wallach.

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


Similar surnames: Wallach, Sallade, Halla, Salvage, Ballance, Palace, Allan, Wallack

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Where is the Wallace family from?

You can see how Wallace families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wallace family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wallace families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,962 Wallace families living in London. This was about 17% of all the recorded Wallace's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Wallace families in 1891.
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What did your Wallace 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 Wallace. 10% of Wallace men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Wallace women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wallace were Bricklayer 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
    10%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    2%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Wallace. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wallace 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 185,000 immigration records available for the last name Wallace. 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 232,000 military records available for the last name Wallace. For the veterans among your Wallace ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wallace lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wallace life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wallace in 1940 was 31, and 74 in 2004.

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