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Hoo Name Meaning

English (East Anglia and the south): topographic name for someone who lived on a spur of a hill, from the Old English dative case hoe (originally used after a preposition) of hoh ‘spur of a hill’. The surname may also derive from any of the minor places named with this word, such as Hoo in Kent and Hooe in Devon and Sussex. Chinese : see Hu.

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


Similar surnames: Hoe, Hook, Hood, Loo, Hoy, Hoop, Hoh, Hou, Hoof, Wool

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Where is the Hoo family from?

You can see how Hoo families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hoo family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Hoo families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 27 Hoo families living in California. This was about 84% of all the recorded Hoo's in the USA. California had the highest population of Hoo families in 1880.
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What did your Hoo ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Cook and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hoo. 34% of Hoo men worked as a Cook and 60% of Hoo women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hoo were Laborer and Clerk.

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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

  • Cook
    34%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Waiter
    11%
  • Laborer
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    60%
  • Clerk
    40%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Hoo. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hoo 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Hoo. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Hoo. For the veterans among your Hoo ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hoo lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Hoo life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Hoo in 1963 was 73, and 80 in 2004.

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