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Wage Name Meaning

North German: nickname for an indecisive person, from Middle Low German wage ‘undecided’, ‘vaccilating’. German: (Wäge): variant of Wah. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name from German Waage ‘scales’.

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


Similar surnames: Wager, Waage, Kage, Page, Wade, Wrage, Sage, Hage, Cage, Pagel

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Where is the Wage family from?

You can see how Wage families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wage family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wage families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Wage families living in New York. This was about 40% of all the recorded Wage's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Wage families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wage surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wage ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wage. 33% of Wage men worked as a Farmer and 23% of Wage women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wage were Carpenter and Manager.

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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
    33%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Carpenter
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    23%
  • Housewife
    17%
  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Manager
    12%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Wage. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wage 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 749 immigration records available for the last name Wage. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Wage. For the veterans among your Wage ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wage lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Wage life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Wage in 1952 was 61, and 77 in 2004.

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