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Dodd Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from the Middle English personal name Dodde, Dudde, Old English Dodda, Dudda, which remained in fairly widespread and frequent use in England until the 14th century. It seems to have been originally a byname, but the meaning is not clear; it may come from a Germanic root used to describe something round and lumpish—hence a short, plump man. Irish: of English origin, taken to Sligo in the 16th century by a Shropshire family; also sometimes adopted by bearers of the Gaelic name Ó Dubhda (see Dowd).

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


Similar surnames: Codd, Dowd, Doe, Gold, Todd, Loud, Hoad, Dodds, Sadd, Dodge

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Where is the Dodd family from?

You can see how Dodd families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dodd family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dodd families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 65 Dodd families living in New Jersey. This was about 12% of all the recorded Dodd's in USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Dodd families in 1840.
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What did your Dodd ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dodd. 19% of Dodd men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Dodd women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dodd were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 34,000 immigration records available for the last name Dodd. 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 49,000 military records available for the last name Dodd. For the veterans among your Dodd ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dodd lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Dodd life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Dodd in 1941 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

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