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Watland Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of eleven or so farmsteads in Agder and Vestlandet named Vatland, from Old Norse Vazland, a compound of vatn ‘water’, ‘lake’ + land ‘(piece of) land’.

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


Similar surnames: Calland, Wiland, Hetland, Varland, Ritland, Madland, Haaland, Netland

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Where is the Watland family from?

You can see how Watland families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Watland family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Watland families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Watland family living in Michigan. This was 100% of all the recorded Watland's in the USA. Michigan had the highest population of Watland families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Watland surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Watland ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Watland. 31% of Watland men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Watland women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Watland were Carpenter 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

  • Farmer
    31%
  • Laborer
    29%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    25%
  • Clerk
    25%
  • Housekeeper
    17%
  • Housework
    17%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Watland. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Watland 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 357 immigration records available for the last name Watland. 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 255 military records available for the last name Watland. For the veterans among your Watland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Watland lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Watland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Watland in 1954 was 33, and 81 in 2004.

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