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Want Name Meaning

English: from Middle English want ‘mole’, hence a nickname, perhaps for a short-sighted person. English: topographic name for someone who lived at a crossroad, a dialect form of Went. Dutch: variant of Wand.

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


Similar surnames: Wand, Wang, Wann, Went, Lant, Fant, Wint, Sant, Walt, Watt

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Where is the Want family from?

You can see how Want families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Want family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Want families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Want family living in Georgia. This was about 25% of all the recorded Want's in the USA. Georgia and 3 other states had the highest population of Want families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Want surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Want ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Want. 40% of Want men worked as a Laborer and 46% of Want women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Want were Carpenter 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

  • Laborer
    40%
  • Salesman
    22%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Carpenter
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    46%
  • Waitress
    19%
  • Housewife
    19%
  • Clerk
    19%
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Census Records

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Want. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Want 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Want. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Want. For the veterans among your Want ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Want lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2003, in the United States, Want life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Want in 1964 was 77, and 83 in 2003.

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