Seward Family History

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Seward Name Meaning

English: from a Middle English personal name representing two originally distinct personal names, Siward and Seward, Old English Sigeweard and S?weard, composed of the elements sige ‘victory’ and s? ‘sea’ + weard ‘guard’, ‘protect’. They became confused in the late Old English period. English: occupational name for a swineherd, from Old English su ‘pig’ + hierde ‘herdsman’. Irish: when not of English origin (see 1 above) a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Suaird, Ó Suairt, usually Anglicized as Sword.

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

Similar surnames: Sword, Edward, Ward, Ewart, Ewald, Segar, Savard, Sward, Sheard

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Seward Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Seward name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Seward. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Seward Family Origin

Where is the Seward family from?

Seward Family Occupations

What did your Seward ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Seward family was Farming. The most common Seward occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Seward's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Seward.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Seward ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Seward Historical Records

What Seward family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 90,000 census records available for the last name Seward. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Seward 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Seward. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Seward. For the veterans among your Seward ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Seward Life Expectancy

What is the average Seward lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Seward life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Seward in 1945 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Seward ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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