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Heywood Name Meaning

English (chiefly Lancashire): habitational name from a place near Manchester, so named from Old English heah ‘high’ + wudu ‘wood’. There is also a place in Wiltshire so called, from Old English (ge)hæg ‘enclosure’ + wudu. Compare Haywood, although this is probably not the source of the surname.

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


Similar surnames: Haywood, Henwood, Hopwood, Hagwood, Elwood, Redwood, Sherwood

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Where is the Heywood family from?

You can see how Heywood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heywood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Heywood families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 23 Heywood families living in Massachusetts. This was about 40% of all the recorded Heywood's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Heywood families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Heywood surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Heywood ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Heywood. 20% of Heywood men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Heywood women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Heywood were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Servant
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 97,000 census records available for the last name Heywood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heywood 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Heywood. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Heywood. For the veterans among your Heywood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Heywood lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Heywood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Heywood in 1947 was 36, and 79 in 2004.

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