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Haywood Name Meaning

English (Midlands): habitational name from any of various places, for example in Herefordshire. Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, and Staffordshire, so called from Old English (ge)hæg ‘enclosure’ + wudu ‘wood’. It was a common practice in the Middle Ages for areas of woodland to be fenced off as hunting grounds for the nobility. This name may have been confused in some cases with Hayward and perhaps also with the name Hogwood (of uncertain origin, possibly a habitational name from a minor place).

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

Similar surnames: Hagwood, Heywood, Harwood, Haygood, Garwood, Henwood, Hopwood

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Where is the Haywood family from?

You can see how Haywood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Haywood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Haywood families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 63 Haywood families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Haywood's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Haywood families in 1840.
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What did your Haywood ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Haywood. 24% of Haywood men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Haywood women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Haywood were Farm Laborer and Housekeeper.

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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
  • Truck Driver
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Laborer
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Haywood. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Haywood. For the veterans among your Haywood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Haywood lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Haywood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Haywood in 1943 was 50, and 73 in 2004.

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