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Woodard Name Meaning

English:: from the Norman Old French personal name Odard Udard Middle English Wodard Wudard. It derives from the ancient Germanic name Authard Othard Odard composed of the elements aud- ‘riches' + hard- ‘hard bold’. occupational name from Middle English wode ‘wood’ + herde ‘herd’ (Old English wudu + hierde) for a person who tended animals pastured in woodland. post-medieval pronunciation of Woodward .

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

Similar surnames: Woodward, Woolard, Godard, Wollard, Goodart, Goddard, Woodyard

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Where is the Woodard family from?

You can see how Woodard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Woodard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Woodard families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 173 Woodard families living in New York. This was about 26% of all the recorded Woodard's in USA. New York had the highest population of Woodard families in 1840.
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What did your Woodard ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Woodard. 22% of Woodard men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Woodard women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Woodard were Farming 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Cook
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Woodard. 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 33,000 military records available for the last name Woodard. For the veterans among your Woodard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Woodard lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Woodard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Woodard in 1941 was 53, and 72 in 2004.

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