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 Family Origin

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Williams Family Occupations

What did your Williams ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

    34%
  • Laborer

    13%
  • Farm Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    5%

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

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Census Record

There are 3,000 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 642 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 1,000 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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