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Wardlaw Family History

Wardlaw Name Meaning

Scottish: probably a habitational name from Wardlaw in Kirkhill Inverness which is recorded as Wardelaue in 1202 or perhaps Wardlaw in Ayrs. However the possibility that the Scottish family is related to the Wardlow family of Wardlow (Derbys) cannot be ruled out. The placenames derive from Old English weard ‘watch’ + hlāw ‘mound hill’.

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


Similar surnames: Wardlow, Wardle, Barlow, Wadlow, Harlow, Farlow, Barclay, Eardley

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Where is the Wardlaw family from?

You can see how Wardlaw families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wardlaw family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wardlaw families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 13 Wardlaw families living in South Carolina. This was about 42% of all the recorded Wardlaw's in USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Wardlaw families in 1840.
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What did your Wardlaw ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wardlaw. 20% of Wardlaw men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Wardlaw women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wardlaw were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farm Laborer
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    14%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Cook
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Wardlaw. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Wardlaw. For the veterans among your Wardlaw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wardlaw lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Wardlaw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Wardlaw in 1952 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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