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Woods Family History

Woods Name Meaning
English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived in the woods (see Wood).Irish: English name adopted as a translation of Ó Cuill ‘descendant of Coll’ (see Quill), or in Ulster of Mac Con Coille ‘son of Cú Choille’, a personal name meaning ‘hound of the wood’, which has also been mistranslated Cox, as if formed with coileach ‘cock’, ‘rooster’.

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

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1,424,194 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
174,869 Military Records
97,397 Immigration Records
1,015,920 Census and Voter Lists
2,400,595 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Woods Families

  • Number of Woods families
     800 - 1,597
     267 - 799
     1 - 266
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Woods families
     2,761 - 5,520
     921 - 2,760
     1 - 920
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Woods families
     255 - 507
     86 - 254
     1 - 85
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Woods Family Origin

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Woods Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Woods

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Woods Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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