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

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Wood Family Origin

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Wood Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    37%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farming

    3%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Wood family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wood. The most common Wood occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Wood's were Farmers.

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Wood Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1940 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wood

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