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Portwood Family History

Portwood Name Meaning

Apparently an English habitational name from a place so called in what is now Greater Manchester.

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


Similar surnames: Norwood, Garwood, Packwood, Hopwood, Southwood, Watwood, Horwood

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Where is the Portwood family from?

You can see how Portwood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Portwood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Portwood families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Portwood families living in Kentucky. This was about 29% of all the recorded Portwood's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Portwood families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Portwood surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Portwood ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Portwood. 26% of Portwood men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Portwood women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Portwood were Truck Driver 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

  • Farmer
    26%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    19%
  • Housework
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Portwood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Portwood 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 393 immigration records available for the last name Portwood. 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 Portwood. For the veterans among your Portwood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Portwood lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Portwood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Portwood in 1941 was 23, and 74 in 2004.

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