Edward Family History

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Edward Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Edward, Old English Eadward, composed of the elements ead ‘prosperity’, ‘fortune’ + w(e)ard ‘guard’. The English personal name also became popular on the Continent as a result of the fame of the two canonized kings of England, Edward the Martyr (962–79) and Edward the Confessor (1004–66). They certainly contributed largely to its great popularity in England.

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


Similar surnames: Seward, Edgar, Ewald, Howard, Ewart, Coward, Ward, Edman, Aylward

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Edward Family Origin

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Edward Family Occupations

What did your Edward ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Edward. 21% of Edward men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Edward women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Edward were Farm Laborer and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Farm Laborer
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Cook
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Edward Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 219,000 census records available for the last name Edward. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Edward census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Edward. 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 Card

There are 46,000 military records available for the last name Edward. For the veterans among your Edward ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Edward Life Expectancy

What is the average Edward lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Edward life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Edward in 1947 was 33, and 61 in 2004.

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