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Widdows Surname Meaning

English:: sometimes a variant of the now extinct name Wid(d)ow usually with post-medieval excrescent -s but occcasionally perhaps with Middle English genitival -s (compare Widdowson ). It derives from Middle English widwe wedewe wodewe (Old English widewe wuduwe) ‘widow or widower a person of either gender whose spouse has died and who has not remarried’. The female sense of the word was always commoner than the male sense which has now died out but the male sense is more likely to have given rise to the hereditary surname Widow. most often a variant of Woodhouse a commoner name than that in 1 above. The two names were easily confused due to the loss of medial /h/ in local pronunciation.

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


Similar surnames: Widdowson, Willows, Siddons, Whiddon, Windels, Sidders, Meadows

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Where is the Widdows family from?

You can see how Widdows families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Widdows family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Widdows families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 113 Widdows families living in Lancashire. This was about 18% of all the recorded Widdows's in United Kingdom. Lancashire and 1 other county had the highest population of Widdows families in 1891.
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What did your Widdows 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 Widdows. 18% of Widdows men worked as a General Labourer and 82% of Widdows women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Widdows were Dock Labourer and Household Duties (unpaid). .

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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
    18%
  • Motor Driver
    7%
  • Registered Architect
    7%
  • Dock Labourer
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    82%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Domestic Duties
    3%
  • Household Duties (unpaid)
    3%
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Passenger Lists

There are 751 immigration records available for the last name Widdows. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Widdows. For the veterans among your Widdows ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Widdows lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Widdows life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Widdows in 1953 was 56, and 75 in 2004.

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