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Edwards Family History

Edwards Name Meaning

English and Welsh: variant of Edward with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. This surname is also very common among African Americans.

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


Similar surnames: Edward, Edwardson, Elward, Edwardsen, Edds, Ewart, Eads, Edmonds

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Where is the Edwards family from?

You can see how Edwards families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Edwards family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Edwards families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 429 Edwards families living in New York. This was about 13% of all the recorded Edwards's in USA. New York had the highest population of Edwards families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Edwards surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Edwards ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Edwards. 17% of Edwards men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Edwards women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Edwards were Truck Driver 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
    17%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
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Census Records

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Edwards. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Edwards 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 254,000 immigration records available for the last name Edwards. 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 359,000 military records available for the last name Edwards. For the veterans among your Edwards ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Edwards lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Edwards life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Edwards in 1940 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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