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Works Name Meaning

English: variant of Work 2 with post-medieval excrescent -s.

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

Similar surnames: Yorks, Work, Barks, Weeks, Worl, Cords, Wools, Moris, Rocks, Oaks

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Where is the Works family from?

You can see how Works families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Works family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Works families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 17 Works families living in Maine. This was about 29% of all the recorded Works's in USA. Maine had the highest population of Works families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Works surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Works ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Works. 24% of Works men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Works women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Works were Salesman and Cook. .

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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
  • Truck Driver
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
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Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Works. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Works 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 704 immigration records available for the last name Works. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Works. For the veterans among your Works ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Works lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Works life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Works in 1948 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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