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Washburn Family History

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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Where is the Washburn family from?

You can see how Washburn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Washburn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Washburn families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 286 Washburn families living in New York. This was about 34% of all the recorded Washburn's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Washburn families in 1840.
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What did your Washburn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Washburn. 16% of Washburn men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Washburn women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Washburn were Truck Driver 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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