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Elwood Family History

Elwood Name Meaning

habitational name from a place in Gloucestershire, which is probably named from Old English ellern ‘elder tree’ + wudu ‘wood’. from the Old English personal name Ælfweald, composed of the elements ælf ‘elf’ + weald ‘rule’. In the British Isles this spelling is now found predominantly in northern Ireland.

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


Similar surnames: Heywood, Elford, Henwood, Redwood, Elton, Wood, Yarwood, Cawood

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Where is the Elwood family from?

You can see how Elwood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elwood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Elwood families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 45 Elwood families living in New York. This was about 51% of all the recorded Elwood's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Elwood families in 1840.
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What did your Elwood ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Elwood. 18% of Elwood men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Elwood women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elwood 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
    18%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Elwood. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Elwood. For the veterans among your Elwood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Elwood lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Elwood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Elwood in 1944 was 27, and 79 in 2004.

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