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Kirkwood Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from any of several places named as being a wood belonging to the Church or situated by a church (see Kirk). There are places so called in Ayrshire, Dumfries, and Lanarkshire.

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


Similar surnames: Kirkland, Silkwood, Norwood, Harwood, Linwood, Ringwood, Garwood

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Where is the Kirkwood family from?

You can see how Kirkwood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kirkwood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kirkwood families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 20 Kirkwood families living in Ohio. This was about 24% of all the recorded Kirkwood's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Kirkwood families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kirkwood surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kirkwood ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kirkwood. 19% of Kirkwood men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Kirkwood women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kirkwood were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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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
    19%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

There are 78,000 census records available for the last name Kirkwood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Kirkwood. For the veterans among your Kirkwood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kirkwood lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Kirkwood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Kirkwood in 1946 was 46, and 77 in 2004.

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