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Word Name Meaning

Perhaps an Americanized spelling of Dutch van der Woord, a habitational name from places named Woord, Woerd, or Word.

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

Similar surnames: Ford, Lord, Cord, Ord, Worl, Bork, Work, Wold, Nord, Gard

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Where is the Word family from?

You can see how Word families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Word family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Word families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 19 Word families living in Georgia. This was about 16% of all the recorded Word's in the USA. Georgia had the highest population of Word families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Word surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Word ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Word. 23% of Word men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Word women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Word were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Word. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Word 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Word. 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 Word. For the veterans among your Word ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Word lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Word life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Word in 1945 was 61, and 70 in 2004.

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