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Southwood Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Norfolk, so named from Old English suð ‘south’ + wudu ‘wood’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.

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


Similar surnames: Southwell, Southworth, Southwick, Southgate, Hopwood, Sherwood

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Where is the Southwood family from?

You can see how Southwood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Southwood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Southwood families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Southwood families living in Indiana. This was about 30% of all the recorded Southwood's in the USA. Indiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Southwood families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Southwood surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Southwood ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Southwood. 26% of Southwood men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Southwood women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Southwood were Salesman and Stenographer.

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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
    26%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Farming
    7%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Bookkeeper
    12%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Stenographer
    12%
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Census Records

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Southwood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Southwood 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Southwood. 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 Southwood. For the veterans among your Southwood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Southwood lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Southwood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Southwood in 1948 was 44, and 54 in 2004.

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