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Atwood Name Meaning

English: topographic name from Middle English atte wode (Old English æt thǣm wuda) ‘by the wood’.

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


Similar surnames: Watwood, Wood, Hagwood, Gatwood, Haywood, Elwood, Yarwood, Ashwood

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Where is the Atwood family from?

You can see how Atwood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Atwood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Atwood families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 170 Atwood families living in Massachusetts. This was about 26% of all the recorded Atwood's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Atwood families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Atwood surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Atwood ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Atwood. 16% of Atwood men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Atwood women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Atwood were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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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
    16%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 103,000 census records available for the last name Atwood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Atwood 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Atwood. 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 Atwood. For the veterans among your Atwood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Atwood lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Atwood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Atwood in 1945 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

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