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Wood Family History

Wood Name Meaning
mainly a topographic name for someone who lived in or by a wood or a metonymic occupational name for a woodcutter or forester, from Middle English wode ‘wood’ (Old English wudu).nickname for a mad, eccentric, or violent person, from Middle English wod ‘mad’, ‘frenzied’ (Old English wad), as in Adam le Wode, Worcestershire 1221.

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

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4,085,618 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
421,301 Military Records
256,740 Immigration Records
2,934,154 Census and Voter Lists
7,382,791 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Wood Families

  • Number of Wood families
     2,431 - 4,859
     811 - 2,430
     1 - 810
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Wood families
     10,285 - 20,568
     3,429 - 10,284
     1 - 3,428
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Wood families
     796 - 1,589
     266 - 795
     1 - 265
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Wood Family Origin

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Wood Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Wood

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Wood Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Wood census records

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Wood Civil War Service Records

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