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Wills Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Will. German: patronymic from any of the Germanic personal names beginning with wil ‘will’, ‘desire’.

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


Similar surnames: Will, Wille, Willis, Willy, Wilks, Wilms, Willms, Wilds, Wilkes

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Where is the Wills family from?

You can see how Wills families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wills family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wills families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 65 Wills families living in Virginia. This was about 13% of all the recorded Wills's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Wills families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wills surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wills ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wills. 16% of Wills men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Wills women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wills were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 356,000 census records available for the last name Wills. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wills census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Wills. 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 Cards

There are 42,000 military records available for the last name Wills. For the veterans among your Wills ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wills lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Wills life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Wills in 1941 was 29, and 73 in 2004.

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