Williams Family History

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Williams Name Meaning

English (also very common in Wales): patronymic from William.

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

Similar surnames: Williamson, Mcwilliams, Williamsen, Willis, Gilliam, Guilliams

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Williams Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Williams name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Williams. 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


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Williams Family Origin

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Williams Family Occupations

What did your Williams ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Williams occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Williams's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Williams. A less common occupation for the Williams family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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

Williams Historical Records

What Williams family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 8 million census records available for the last name Williams. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Williams 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 984,000 immigration records available for the last name Williams. 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 1 million military records available for the last name Williams. For the veterans among your Williams ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Williams Life Expectancy

What is the average Williams lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Williams life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Williams in 1940 was 44, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Williams 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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