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Wood Name Meaning

mainly a topographic name for someone who lived in or by a wood or a metonymic occupational name for a woodcutter or forester, from Middle English wode ‘wood’ (Old English wudu). nickname for a mad, eccentric, or violent person, from Middle English wod ‘mad’, ‘frenzied’ (Old English wad), as in Adam le Wode, Worcestershire 1221.

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


Similar surnames: Wool, Wold, Good, Hood, Woods, Root, Gold, Hoad, Woody, Look

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Where is the Wood family from?

You can see how Wood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wood families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 1,592 Wood families living in New York. This was about 26% of all the recorded Wood's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Wood families in 1840.
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What did your Wood ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wood. 14% of Wood men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Wood women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wood were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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

  • Farmer
    14%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%
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Census Records

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Wood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wood 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 286,000 immigration records available for the last name Wood. 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 440,000 military records available for the last name Wood. For the veterans among your Wood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wood lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Wood in 1940 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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