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Wims Surname Meaning

Irish: variant of Scottish Wemyss representing the usual pronunciation of that Scottish name.

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

Similar surnames: Weems, Wiss, Wies, Swims, Lim, Wilt, Ris, Wix, Wilts, Wink

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Where is the Wims family from?

You can see how Wims families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wims family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wims families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 4 Wims families living in Yorkshire. This was about 67% of all the recorded Wims's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Wims families in 1891.
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What did your Wims ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wims. 36% of Wims men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Wims women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wims were Farming and Cook. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Laborer
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Wims. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wims 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 205 immigration records available for the last name Wims. 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 802 military records available for the last name Wims. For the veterans among your Wims ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wims lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Wims life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Wims in 1949 was 41, and 68 in 2004.

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