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Waldman Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Yiddish wald ‘forest’ + man ‘man’. Very few Jews would have been living anywhere near a forest at the time when they acquired surnames, so in most cases this is probably an ornamental name. In other cases it many be a metonymic occupational name for someone whose job was connected with forestry, such as a woodcutter or lumber merchant. Americanized spelling of German Waldmann. English: topographic name for a forest dweller, from Old English w(e)ald ‘forest’ + mann ‘man’.

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


Similar surnames: Waldmann, Wallman, Wildman, Holdman, Waxman, Wadman, Allman, Sandman

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Where is the Waldman family from?

You can see how Waldman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Waldman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Waldman families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Waldman families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 60% of all the recorded Waldman's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Waldman families in 1840.
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What did your Waldman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Waldman. 19% of Waldman men worked as a Salesman and 12% of Waldman women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Waldman were Laborer and Saleslady.

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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

  • Salesman
    19%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Proprietor
    5%
  • Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Bookkeeper
    10%
  • Saleslady
    9%
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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Waldman. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Waldman. For the veterans among your Waldman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Waldman lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Waldman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Waldman in 1942 was 54, and 83 in 2004.

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