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Wales Family History

Wales Name Meaning

English and Scottish: patronymic from Wale 1.

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

Similar surnames: Wailes, Wale, Eales, Walls, Hales, Wares, Males, Dales, Swales, Sales

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Where is the Wales family from?

You can see how Wales families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wales family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wales families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 68 Wales families living in Massachusetts. This was about 32% of all the recorded Wales's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Wales families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wales surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wales ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wales. 16% of Wales men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Wales women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wales were Machinist and Secretary.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Secretary
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What Wales family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 97,000 census records available for the last name Wales. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wales 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Wales. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Wales. For the veterans among your Wales ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wales lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Wales life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Wales in 1943 was 30, and 76 in 2004.

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