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Wortman Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of vegetables or of medicinal herbs and spices from Middle English wurt wort ‘plant’ + man ‘man’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a reliable person who could be trusted to keep his word from Yiddish vort or German Wort ‘word’ + man ‘man’. Americanized form of German Wortmann .

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


Similar surnames: Workman, Wortmann, Portman, Ortman, Wartman, Wohlman, Dorman, Wertman

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Where is the Wortman family from?

You can see how Wortman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wortman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wortman families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Wortman families living in New Jersey. This was about 28% of all the recorded Wortman's in USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Wortman families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wortman surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wortman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wortman. 20% of Wortman men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Wortman women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wortman were Carpenter and Housework. .

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housework
    8%
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Census Records

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Wortman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wortman 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Wortman. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Wortman. For the veterans among your Wortman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wortman lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Wortman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wortman in 1943 was 36, and 81 in 2004.

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