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 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Williams. 20% of Williams men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Williams women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Williams were Farm Laborer and Laborer

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    3%
  • Farm Laborer
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    11%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
  • Laborer
    5%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Williams Historical Records

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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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