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Woodhead Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): from Middle English wode ‘wood’ + hed hedde ‘head’ (Old English wudu + hēafod). The surname may be topographic for someone who lived at or near the top or edge of a wood or habitational from one of the many places so named such as Wood Head in Barkisland (Yorkshire) Woodhead in Tintwistle (Cheshire) or Woodhead in Great Casterton (Rutland).

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


Similar surnames: Woodham, Woodford, Woodland, Wooddell, Woodhull, Woodell, Woolley

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Where is the Woodhead family from?

You can see how Woodhead families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Woodhead family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Woodhead families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Woodhead families living in New York. This was about 44% of all the recorded Woodhead's in USA. New York had the highest population of Woodhead families in 1840.
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What did your Woodhead ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Woodhead. 14% of Woodhead men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Woodhead women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Woodhead were Proprietor and Housekeeper. .

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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
    14%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Proprietor
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    16%
  • Housewife
    16%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Woodhead. 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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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Woodhead. For the veterans among your Woodhead ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Woodhead lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Woodhead life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Woodhead in 1960 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

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