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Woodruff Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of land where woodruff grew, Old English wudurofe (a compound of wudu ‘wood’ with a second element of unknown origin). The leaves of the plant have a sweet smell and the surname may also have been a nickname for one who used it as a perfume, or perhaps an ironical nickname for a malodorous person.

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


Similar surnames: Woodring, Woodham, Woodrow, Woodbury, Woodland, Woodhull, Woodliff

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Woodruff Family Origin

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Woodruff Family Occupations

What did your Woodruff ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Woodruff family was Farming. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Woodruff. The most common Woodruff occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Woodruff's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    35%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Laborer

    5%
  • Farming

    3%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Woodruff ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Woodruff Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Woodruff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Woodruff census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Woodruff. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Woodruff. For the veterans among your Woodruff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Woodruff Life Expectancy

What is the average Woodruff lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Woodruff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Woodruff in 1942 was 40, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Woodruff

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Woodruff ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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