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Head Name Meaning

English: from Middle English heved hed ‘head’ (Old English hēafod) applied as a nickname for someone with a peculiarity or disproportion of the head or else used as a topographic name for someone who lived at the top (‘head’) of a promontory or hill or near the source of a stream or river or the head of a valley. This surname has long been established in Ireland.

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

Similar surnames: Hoad, Heap, Read, Herd, Mead, Heald, Hoar, Heard, Wead, Haar

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Where is the Head family from?

You can see how Head families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Head family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Head families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 78 Head families living in New York. This was about 19% of all the recorded Head's in USA. New York had the highest population of Head families in 1840.
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What did your Head ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Head. 20% of Head men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Head women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Head were Truck Driver 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 309,000 census records available for the last name Head. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Head census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Head. 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 149,000 military records available for the last name Head. For the veterans among your Head ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Head lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Head life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Head in 1940 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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