Sherwood Family History

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Sherwood Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Nottinghamshire, around which once stood the famous Sherwood Forest. The place is so called from Old English scir ‘shire’ or scir ‘bright’ + wudu ‘wood’. Americanized form of some Jewish name.

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

Similar surnames: Heywood, Harwood, Isherwood, Haywood, Henwood, Garwood, Horwood

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Sherwood Family Origin

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Sherwood Family Occupations

What did your Sherwood ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Sherwood occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Sherwood's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Sherwood family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sherwood.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Sherwood Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 236,000 census records available for the last name Sherwood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sherwood 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 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Sherwood. 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 32,000 military records available for the last name Sherwood. For the veterans among your Sherwood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sherwood Life Expectancy

What is the average Sherwood lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Sherwood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Sherwood in 1943 was 31, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sherwood

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sherwood 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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