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Wald Name Meaning

German and English: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a forest (Old High German wald, northern Middle English wald). Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Wald ‘forest’. Very few Jews would have been living anywhere near a forest at the time when they acquired surnames, so as a Jewish name its origins are unlikely to be topographic.

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


Similar surnames: Wall, Wild, Wand, Wold, Walt, Wale, Hald, Ward, Ewald, Weld

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Where is the Wald family from?

You can see how Wald families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wald family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wald families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 6 Wald families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 46% of all the recorded Wald's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Wald families in 1840.
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What did your Wald ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wald. 12% of Wald men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Wald women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wald were Manager and Clerk.

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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
    12%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Manager
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Wald. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wald 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Wald. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Wald. For the veterans among your Wald ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wald lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Wald life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Wald in 1958 was 56, and 80 in 2004.

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