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Woodbury Name Meaning

English (Somerset and Devon): habitational name from Woodbury in Devon named from Old English wudu ‘wood’ + byrig dative of burg ‘fortress’ or from either of two places called Woodborough in Nottinghamshire and Wiltshire. The Nottinghamshire placename has the same origin as Woodbury in Devon. Woodborough in Wiltshire is named with the same first element + Old English beorg ‘hill’.

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


Similar surnames: Woodburn, Bradbury, Westbury, Sudbury, Amesbury, Woodford, Woodley

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Where is the Woodbury family from?

You can see how Woodbury families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Woodbury family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Woodbury families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 99 Woodbury families living in Massachusetts. This was about 29% of all the recorded Woodbury's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Woodbury families in 1840.
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What did your Woodbury ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Woodbury. 15% of Woodbury men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Woodbury women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Woodbury were Clerk 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

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Woodbury. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Woodbury 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Woodbury. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Woodbury. For the veterans among your Woodbury ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Woodbury lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Woodbury life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Woodbury in 1950 was 48, and 76 in 2004.

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