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Wilber Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire and Derbyshire): nickname from Middle English wilde ‘wild’ + bor ‘boar’ perhaps for a man with a fierce temper.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Wilbert, Wilmer, Wilder, Widmer, Filer, Wicker, Walker, Webber

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Where is the Wilber family from?

You can see how Wilber families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wilber family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wilber families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 220 Wilber families living in New York. This was about 54% of all the recorded Wilber's in USA. New York had the highest population of Wilber families in 1840.
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What did your Wilber ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wilber. 16% of Wilber men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Wilber women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wilber were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 58,000 census records available for the last name Wilber. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wilber 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Wilber. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Wilber. For the veterans among your Wilber ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wilber lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Wilber life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Wilber in 1942 was 21, and 77 in 2004.

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