Willoughby Family History

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Willoughby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places called Willoughby, for example in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Warwickshire. They are named from an Old English wilig ‘willow’ + Old Norse býr ‘farm’, ‘settlement’, or perhaps in some cases from wilig + Old English beag ‘ring’.

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

Similar surnames: Wilby, Willey, Slough, Gillingham, Willingham, Dillingham, Fillingham

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Willoughby Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Willoughby name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Willoughby. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Willoughby Family Origin

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Willoughby Family Occupations

What did your Willoughby ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Willoughby. The most common Willoughby occupation in the USA was Farmer. 48% of Willoughby's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Willoughby family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming

  • Laborer


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

Willoughby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 118,000 census records available for the last name Willoughby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Willoughby 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Willoughby. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Willoughby. For the veterans among your Willoughby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Willoughby Life Expectancy

What is the average Willoughby lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Willoughby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Willoughby in 1941 was 56, and 69 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Willoughby

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Willoughby 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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