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Weaver Family History

Weaver Surname Meaning

English: occupational name from an agent derivative of Middle English weven ‘to weave’ (Old English wefan). English: habitational name from a place on the Weaver river in Cheshire now called Weaver Hall but recorded simply as Weuere in the 13th and 14th centuries. The river name is from Old English wēfer(e) ‘winding stream’. Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames meaning ‘weaver’ for example German Weber Polish and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) Tkacz or Tkach Hungarian Takács (see Takacs ) and Slovenian Tkalec Tekavec or Veber .

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


Similar surnames: Beaver, Seaver, Wever, Haver, Lever, Graver, Webber, Water, Beamer

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Where is the Weaver family from?

You can see how Weaver families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Weaver family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Weaver families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,031 Weaver families living in Staffordshire. This was about 13% of all the recorded Weaver's in United Kingdom. Staffordshire had the highest population of Weaver families in 1891.
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What did your Weaver 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 Weaver. 8% of Weaver men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Weaver women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Weaver were Builders Labourer 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
    8%
  • Colliery Hewer
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    3%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    67%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

There are 697,000 census records available for the last name Weaver. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Weaver 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 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Weaver. 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 134,000 military records available for the last name Weaver. For the veterans among your Weaver ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Weaver lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Weaver life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Weaver in 1940 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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