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Woodward Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a forester employed to look after the trees and game in a forest Middle English woodward (from Old English wudu ‘wood’ + weard ‘guardian protector’).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Woodyard, Woodland, Howard, Edward, Woodford, Woodbury, Woodman

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Where is the Woodward family from?

You can see how Woodward families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Woodward family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Woodward families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 154 Woodward families living in New York. This was about 15% of all the recorded Woodward's in USA. New York had the highest population of Woodward families in 1840.
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What did your Woodward ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Woodward. 14% of Woodward men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Woodward women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Woodward were Carpenter 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 503,000 census records available for the last name Woodward. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Woodward 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 43,000 immigration records available for the last name Woodward. 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 71,000 military records available for the last name Woodward. For the veterans among your Woodward ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Woodward lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Woodward life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Woodward in 1943 was 57, and 77 in 2004.

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