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Oakland Family History

Oakland Name Meaning

English (Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived ‘(by the) oak land’ from Middle English ok(e) ‘oak’ + lond ‘land’ or possibly from a lost or unidentified place so named.

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


Similar surnames: Okland, Markland, Ragland, Harland, Marland, Ackland, Darland

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Where is the Oakland family from?

You can see how Oakland families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oakland family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Oakland families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Oakland family living in Massachusetts. This was about 50% of all the recorded Oakland's in USA. Massachusetts and 1 other state had the highest population of Oakland families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Oakland surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Oakland ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Oakland. 35% of Oakland men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Oakland women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oakland 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
    35%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Oakland. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oakland 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 993 immigration records available for the last name Oakland. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Oakland. For the veterans among your Oakland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oakland lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Oakland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Oakland in 1942 was 42, and 76 in 2004.

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