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Stead Name Meaning

habitational name from Stead in West Yorkshire, or from some other place taking its name from Old English stede ‘estate’, ‘farm’, ‘place’. from Middle English steed ‘stud horse’, ‘stallion’, applied as a nickname to a lusty person or as an occupational name to someone responsible for looking after stallions.

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

Similar surnames: Smead, Stein, Steady, Stern, Sneed, Seed, Staal, Shean, Spear, Steff

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Where is the Stead family from?

You can see how Stead families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stead family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stead families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 16 Stead families living in New York. This was about 39% of all the recorded Stead's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Stead families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Stead surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Stead ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Stead. 17% of Stead men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Stead women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Stead were Clerk and Maid.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 160,000 census records available for the last name Stead. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Stead 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Stead. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Stead. For the veterans among your Stead ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Stead lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Stead life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1958. The average life expectancy for Stead in 1940 was 49, and 72 in 2004.

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