Woods Family History

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Woods Name Meaning

English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived in the woods (see Wood). Irish: English name adopted as a translation of Ó Cuill ‘descendant of Coll’ (see Quill), or in Ulster of Mac Con Coille ‘son of Cú Choille’, a personal name meaning ‘hound of the wood’, which has also been mistranslated Cox, as if formed with coileach ‘cock’, ‘rooster’.

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

Similar surnames: Wood, Hood, Roos, Woody, Wool, Good, Woodson, Swords, Moors, Foody

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Woods Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Woods name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Woods. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Woods Family Origin

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Woods Family Occupations

What did your Woods ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Woods Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Woods. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Woods 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 107,000 immigration records available for the last name Woods. 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 181,000 military records available for the last name Woods. For the veterans among your Woods ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Woods Life Expectancy

What is the average Woods lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Woods life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Woods in 1940 was 46, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Woods 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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