Waugh Family History

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Waugh Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: of disputed origin. It is most likely from Old English (Anglian) walh ‘foreign’ (see Wallace), perhaps applied originally to the Welsh-speaking Strathclyde Britons, who survived as a separate group in Scotland well into the Middle Ages.

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

Similar surnames: Haugh, Tough, Hugh, Wagg, Hough, Haught, Bough, Haigh, Warth, Waag

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Waugh Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Waugh name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Waugh. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Waugh Family Origin

Where is the Waugh family from?

Waugh Family Occupations

What did your Waugh ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Waugh family was Carpenter. The most common Waugh occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Waugh's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Waugh.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Waugh Historical Records

What Waugh family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 132,000 census records available for the last name Waugh. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Waugh 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Waugh. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Waugh. For the veterans among your Waugh ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Waugh Life Expectancy

What is the average Waugh lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Waugh life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Waugh in 1946 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Waugh

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Waugh 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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