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Wilburn Family History

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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Where is the Wilburn family from?

You can see how Wilburn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wilburn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wilburn families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Wilburn families living in Arkansas. This was about 13% of all the recorded Wilburn's in the USA. Arkansas and 1 other state had the highest population of Wilburn families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wilburn surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wilburn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wilburn. 25% of Wilburn men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Wilburn women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wilburn were Farm Laborer 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
    25%
  • Laborer
    23%
  • Truck Driver
    4%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    11%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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