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Wood Name Meaning

English: mainly a topographic name for someone who lived in or by a wood from Middle English wode ‘wood’ (Old English wudu). In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages such as French Bois and Dubois and Polish Les . English: in a few cases a nickname for an eccentric or perhaps a violent person from Middle English wode ‘frenzied wild’ (Old English wōd). In some cases also an Americanized form of French Gadbois and Houde .

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

Similar surnames: Wool, Wold, Good, Hood, Woods, Root, Gold, Hoad, Woody, Look

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Where is the Wood family from?

You can see how Wood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wood families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 20,568 Wood families living in Yorkshire. This was about 22% of all the recorded Wood's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Wood families in 1891.
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What did your Wood 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 Wood. 5% of Wood men worked as a General Labourer and 62% of Wood women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wood 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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Census Records

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Wood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wood 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 286,000 immigration records available for the last name Wood. 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 440,000 military records available for the last name Wood. For the veterans among your Wood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wood lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Wood in 1940 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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