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Greenwood Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): habitational name from Greenwood Lee in Heptonstall (Yorkshire) from Middle English grene ‘green’ + wode ‘wood’. Americanized form (translation into English) of Jewish (Ashkenazic) Grünholz an ornamental compound of German grün ‘green’ + Holz ‘wood’ and probably also of the same German surname. Americanized form (translation into English) of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Grünwald (see Grunwald ) and of French Boisvert .

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

Similar surnames: Green, Greenwell, Prestwood, Greenland, Greenway, Underwood

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Where is the Greenwood family from?

You can see how Greenwood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Greenwood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Greenwood families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 62 Greenwood families living in Massachusetts. This was about 18% of all the recorded Greenwood's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Greenwood families in 1840.
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What did your Greenwood ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Greenwood. 14% of Greenwood men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Greenwood women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Greenwood were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 44,000 immigration records available for the last name Greenwood. 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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There are 42,000 military records available for the last name Greenwood. For the veterans among your Greenwood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Greenwood lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Greenwood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Greenwood in 1940 was 39, and 77 in 2004.

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