Washburn Family History

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Washburn Name Meaning

Northern English: topographic name for someone living on the banks of the Washburn river in West Yorkshire, so named from the Old English personal name Walc + Old English burna ‘stream’. The river name is first recorded as Walke(s)burna in the early 12th century.

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

Similar surnames: Ashburn, Eastburn, Fishburn, Fairburn, Winburn, Washer, Westbury

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Washburn Family Origin

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Washburn Family Occupations

What did your Washburn ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Washburn. A less common occupation for the Washburn family was Carpenter. The most common Washburn occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Washburn's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Washburn ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Washburn Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 128,000 census records available for the last name Washburn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Washburn census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Washburn. 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 Card

There are 28,000 military records available for the last name Washburn. For the veterans among your Washburn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Washburn Life Expectancy

What is the average Washburn lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Washburn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Washburn in 1944 was 24, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Washburn

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Washburn ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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