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Wardle Name Meaning

English:: habitational name from Wardle in Lancashire and possibly Wardle in Cheshire both named with Old English weard-hyll ‘watch hill’. Compare Warden 2 and Wardlaw . habitational name from Weardale (Durham) which takes its name from the river Wear (related to the Indo-European root wis- weis- ‘liquid flow’ or wedōr- ‘water’) + Old Norse dalr ‘valley’.

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


Similar surnames: Weddle, Wardlaw, Harle, Windle, Eardley, Marple, Ward, Markle, Wale

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Where is the Wardle family from?

You can see how Wardle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wardle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wardle families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Wardle families living in New York. This was about 31% of all the recorded Wardle's in USA. New York had the highest population of Wardle families in 1840.
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What did your Wardle ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wardle. 14% of Wardle men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Wardle women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wardle were Machinist and Housework. .

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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
    14%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Machinist
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    20%
  • Teacher
    18%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housework
    7%
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Census Records

There are 86,000 census records available for the last name Wardle. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wardle 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Wardle. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Wardle. For the veterans among your Wardle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wardle lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Wardle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Wardle in 1948 was 54, and 81 in 2004.

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