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Waterman Name Meaning

English and Dutch: occupational name for a boatman or ferryman or a water carrier (the English name was perhaps sometimes synonymous with Middle English waterlader or waterberer denoting a man who carried fresh water from a spring or stream for drinking or domestic use) or a topographic name for someone who lived by a pond or stretch of water (see Water ). English: occupational name from the Middle English personal name Water or Walter + man meaning ‘servant of Wa(l)ter’. Americanized form of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Wassermann or Jewish (Ashkenazic) Wasserman .

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


Similar surnames: Warman, Wasserman, Westerman, Alterman, Walterman, Weatherman

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Where is the Waterman family from?

You can see how Waterman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Waterman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Waterman families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 157 Waterman families living in New York. This was about 28% of all the recorded Waterman's in USA. New York had the highest population of Waterman families in 1840.
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What did your Waterman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Waterman. 14% of Waterman men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Waterman women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Waterman 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

  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Waterman. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Waterman. For the veterans among your Waterman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Waterman lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Waterman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Waterman in 1944 was 56, and 78 in 2004.

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