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Woolsey Family History

Woolsey Name Meaning

English (Norfolk): from the Middle English personal name Wulsy (Old English Wulfsige from wulf ‘wolf’ + sige ‘victory’). The personal name was common in Suffolk where it gave rise to the surname of Henry VIII's minister Cardinal Wolsey.

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

Similar surnames: Woolley, Pooley, Hooley, Woosley, Cooksey, Wolfrey, Worley, Tooley

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Where is the Woolsey family from?

You can see how Woolsey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Woolsey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Woolsey families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 90 Woolsey families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Woolsey's in USA. New York had the highest population of Woolsey families in 1840.
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What did your Woolsey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Woolsey. 17% of Woolsey men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Woolsey women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Woolsey were Farming and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 45,000 census records available for the last name Woolsey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Woolsey 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Woolsey. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Woolsey. For the veterans among your Woolsey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Woolsey lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Woolsey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Woolsey in 1944 was 51, and 77 in 2004.

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