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Blackwood Family History

Blackwood Surname Meaning

Scottish and English: habitational name from any of various places for example in Dumfriesshire Lanarkshire Ayrshire and Yorkshire named Blackwood from Old English blæc ‘black dark’ + wudu ‘wood’.

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

Similar surnames: Blackford, Lockwood, Packwood, Blackwell, Blackmore, Harwood

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Where is the Blackwood family from?

You can see how Blackwood families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Blackwood family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Blackwood families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 83 Blackwood families living in Lancashire. This was about 19% of all the recorded Blackwood's in United Kingdom. Lancashire and 1 other county had the highest population of Blackwood families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Blackwood surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Blackwood ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Blackwood. 25% of Blackwood men worked as a General Labourer and 82% of Blackwood women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Blackwood were Bricklayer 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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Plumber
  • Crane Driver
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Blackwood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Blackwood 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Blackwood. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Blackwood. For the veterans among your Blackwood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Blackwood lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Blackwood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Blackwood in 1946 was 54, and 75 in 2004.

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