Wakefield Family History

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Wakefield Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the city of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, and probably also from a place of the same name in Northamptonshire. Both are named from an Old English wacu ‘vigil’, ‘festival’ (a derivative of wac(i)an ‘to watch or wake’) + feld ‘pasture’, ‘open country’, i.e. a patch of open land where a fair was held.

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

Similar surnames: Warfield, Winfield, Padfield, Woodfield, Caulfield, Benefield

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Wakefield Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wakefield name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wakefield. 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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Wakefield Family Origin

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Wakefield Family Occupations

What did your Wakefield ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wakefield. The most common Wakefield occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Wakefield's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Wakefield family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Wakefield Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 181,000 census records available for the last name Wakefield. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wakefield 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Wakefield. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Wakefield. For the veterans among your Wakefield ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wakefield Life Expectancy

What is the average Wakefield lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Wakefield life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wakefield in 1942 was 39, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wakefield 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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