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Woodburn Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from Woodburn in Corsenside (Northumberland) Woodburn (Ayrshire Kincardineshire Midlothian) or Woodburn in Oakford (Devon). The placenames all derive from Old English wudu ‘wood’ + burna ‘spring stream’ i.e. a stream flowing through a wood.

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

Similar surnames: Woodbury, Woodford, Cockburn, Winburn, Colburn, Bradburn, Chadburn

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Where is the Woodburn family from?

You can see how Woodburn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Woodburn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Woodburn families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 23 Woodburn families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 30% of all the recorded Woodburn's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Woodburn families in 1840.
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What did your Woodburn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Woodburn. 15% of Woodburn men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Woodburn women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Woodburn were Clerk and Secretary. .

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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
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Secretary
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Woodburn. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Woodburn. For the veterans among your Woodburn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Woodburn lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Woodburn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Woodburn in 1945 was 23, and 75 in 2004.

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