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Watwood Family History

Watwood Name Meaning

English (Staffordshire): habitational name from a place in Staffordshire called Wetwood, from Old English wet, w?t ‘wet’, ‘damp’ + wudu ‘wood’.

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


Similar surnames: Haywood, Garwood, Gatwood, Atwood, Gatewood, Eastwood, Hagwood

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Where is the Watwood family from?

You can see how Watwood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Watwood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Watwood families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Watwood families living in Tennessee. This was about 57% of all the recorded Watwood's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Watwood families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Watwood surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Watwood ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Watwood. 49% of Watwood men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Watwood women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Watwood were Barber and Secretary.

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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
    49%
  • Salesman
    17%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Barber
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    28%
  • Teacher
    19%
  • Sales Lady
    19%
  • Secretary
    19%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Watwood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Watwood 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 129 immigration records available for the last name Watwood. 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 633 military records available for the last name Watwood. For the veterans among your Watwood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Watwood lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Watwood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1979, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Watwood in 1958 was 49, and 79 in 2004.

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