Wilburn Family History

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Wilburn Name Meaning

English: unexplained; this surname occurs predominantly in the northeast Midlands of England. It is most probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.

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

Similar surnames: Hilburn, Kilburn, Milburn, Winburn, Milbury, Wilberg, Colburn

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Wilburn Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wilburn name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Wilburn Family Origin

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Wilburn Family Occupations

What did your Wilburn ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Wilburn occupation in the USA was Farmer. 47% of Wilburn's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Wilburn family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wilburn.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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

Wilburn Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Wilburn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wilburn 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Wilburn. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Wilburn. For the veterans among your Wilburn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wilburn Life Expectancy

What is the average Wilburn lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Wilburn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wilburn in 1941 was 31, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wilburn 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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