Hood Family History

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Hood Name Meaning

English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a maker of hoods or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive hood, from Middle English hod(de), hood, hud ‘hood’. Some early examples with prepositions seem to be topographic names, referring to a place where there was a hood-shaped hill or a natural shelter or overhang, providing protection from the elements. In some cases the name may be habitational, from places called Hood, in Devon (possibly ‘hood-shaped hill’) and North Yorkshire (possibly ‘shelter’ or ‘fortification’). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUid ‘descendant of Ud’, a personal name of uncertain derivation. This was the name of an Ulster family who were bards to the O’Neills of Clandeboy. It was later altered to Mac hUid. Compare Mahood.

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

Similar surnames: Hook, Hoop, Hoad, Wood, Hoo, Good, Hard, Hoos, Hoof, Hand

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Hood Family Origin

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Hood Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Hood family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hood. The most common Hood occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Hood's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Hood Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 372,000 census records available for the last name Hood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hood census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Hood. 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 Card

There are 64,000 military records available for the last name Hood. For the veterans among your Hood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hood Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hood in 1940 was 65, and 75 in 2004.

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