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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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Want Family Origin

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Want Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Want family was Confectioner. Farmer, Carpenter and Optician were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Want. The most common Want occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Want's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Optician

  • Confectioner


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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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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Want Life Expectancy

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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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