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Wakeland Name Meaning

English: habitational name, perhaps from Wackland on the Isle of Wight (recorded in 1249 as Wakelande), which is named from an Old English wacu ‘watch’, ‘wake’ + land ‘cultivated land’, ‘estate’. The modern English surname, however, is found mainly in the north Midlands, which may point to another source, now lost.

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

Similar surnames: Harland, Loveland, Layland, Wakeham, Mayland, Watland, Roseland

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Where is the Wakeland family from?

You can see how Wakeland families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wakeland family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Wakeland families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Wakeland families living in Kentucky. This was about 30% of all the recorded Wakeland's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Wakeland families in 1840.
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What did your Wakeland ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wakeland. 20% of Wakeland men worked as a Farmer and 40% of Wakeland women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wakeland were Truck Driver and Nurse.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Secretary
  • Student Nurse
  • Nurse
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Passenger Lists

There are 304 immigration records available for the last name Wakeland. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Wakeland. For the veterans among your Wakeland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wakeland lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Wakeland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Wakeland in 1949 was 53, and 77 in 2004.

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