Willis Family History

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Willis Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Will.

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

Similar surnames: Willits, Wills, Tillis, Lillis, Millis, Willms, Willison, Wilkes

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Willis Family Origin

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Willis Family Occupations

What did your Willis ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Willis occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Willis's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Willis. A less common occupation for the Willis family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Willis Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Willis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Willis 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 Willis. 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 Willis. For the veterans among your Willis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Willis Life Expectancy

What is the average Willis lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Willis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Willis in 1940 was 39, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Willis 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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