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Willoughby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Willoughby for example in Leicestershire Lincolnshire Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire. They are named from an Old English +wilig ‘willow’ + Old Norse ‘farmstead village’.

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

Similar surnames: Wilby, Willey, Slough, Gillingham, Willingham, Dillingham, Fillingham

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Where is the Willoughby family from?

You can see how Willoughby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Willoughby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Willoughby families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 24 Willoughby families living in New York. This was about 17% of all the recorded Willoughby's in USA. New York had the highest population of Willoughby families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Willoughby surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Willoughby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Willoughby. 24% of Willoughby men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Willoughby women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Willoughby were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Willoughby. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 19,000 military records available for the last name Willoughby. For the veterans among your Willoughby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Willoughby lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Willoughby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Willoughby in 1941 was 56, and 69 in 2004.

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